Michael Smith suffered his fair share of heartbreak at the PDC World Series Finals last weekend.

With victory within his grasp, Smith missed five darts to beat James Wade and take the World Series crown. The Machine pounced, leaving the Bully Boy despondent. But after his second high-profile final defeat of the year, after the Premier League, Smith was able to find the composure to bounce back from an emotional nadir – marked by a tweet in which he claimed that he had “never hated myself this much”.

“I obviously calmed down pretty quick. That was in the heat of the moment,” Smith told Live Darts.

“It was very frustrating because I felt I was the best player all weekend. Until those last five darts.

“I had the same thing in the other matches getting over the line against Dave Chisnall and Gerwyn Price. It was very annoying.

“But all I can do is keep learning from setbacks. It’s not a nice feeling obviously but I’ll fightback at the Grand Slam next week in Wolverhampton.

“The good thing right now is that tournaments come thick and fast so you don’t have time to dwell on stuff.”

The St Helens star endured some major difficulties getting home from Vienna. It disrupted his preparation plans, but Smith has still vowed to be at 100 per cent going into the Grand Slam. He meets Raymond van Barneveld, Krzysztof Ratajski and Adam Smith-Neale in a tough-looking group.

“I was supposed to land on Monday afternoon and then go straight for a practice with Ian White but those plans were scuppered.

“But I’ll be ready for the Slam. I just need to make up for that disappointment as soon as possible.”

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Author: Edward McCosh