Peter Wright lost 5-2 in the final of the World Grand Prix to his familiar adversary Michael van Gerwen and for Wayne Mardle he sees ‘Snakebite’ as blowing a golden opportunity in the final.

They were finely poised at 2-2 but Van Gerwen like usual pulled away and he also said he believes Wright finds losing to MVG easy to do.

“Peter Wright – whilst he put up an absolutely great show, he was talking really quite defeatist after that final, kind of beaten. He’s got to pick himself up again – he’s just not mixing it; he’s better than that,” Mardle said.

On whether he believes Wright has the game to claim another major title, Mardle admitted he blew a golden opportunity to do so.

“I don’t know. I’ve always felt that he’s got the game and he has got the game, but he blew that tonight. He blew an absolutely golden opportunity.

“Michael van Gerwen won a set with a 73 average – now as the world No 2 I’m not saying he shouldn’t let that happen; I’m saying it’s very hard for him to take that on the chin.”

Mardle added: “I do personally. Put it this way, if Michael van Gerwen had lost, would you have seen him there? I don’t think so.

“Michael said about that winning mentality; I’m not saying that Peter hasn’t got it, I believe he finds losing to Michael van Gerwen in big finals easy to do. I think he kind of capitulated there at the end as well.

“If I was Peter Wright I’d be questioning whether I’ve got the game to beat the very, very best in the very, very big finals.”

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