“I don’t know if its fully sunk in yet… the first night was a bit of a whirlwind just trying to get my head round it a bit because it was an amazing feeling and then obviously coming home reading all the messages- I got a bit emotional to be fair. It sort of sunk in the next day because it’s a dream come true to win a major, I’m over the moon with it.”
If his form continues Smith might feel that this year was a better year than last, 'Smudger' mentions his success in 2021.
“All in all that was my best year I’d say because of qualifying for the Matchplay for the first time and the Grand Prix. I feel like I was playing well even though I didn’t do anything special in them, I feel like I was playing pretty decent It’s just learning to keep my head straight at certain times I suppose.”
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His success this year has been down to his great performances, however he does mention that he got some tips and encouragement off the World No.1.
“He looked at me and just said, stay focused and you can do this, he didn’t have to do that but its something that I really appreciate. He’s a really good guy, I actually spoke to him at the start of the year as well briefly just on the practice board… and its just the little bit of advice on practice routines and stuff like that the players don’t have to do that but Peter did. I think he’s a really good guy and I appreciate it.”
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One way that Ross Smith could have an even better year is by seeing more success at the World championships than last year. Although he did reasonably well, losing the 3-0 lead against Dirk Van Duijvenbode still plays in the back of his mind.
“I’ve been reminded about that losing against Dirk so many times even now people say ‘I don’t know how you lost that game’ -give me a break now it’s been ages” he said jokingly.
Getting success at the World Championships would be a great way to top off a succesful year for Smith. The Englishman had this to say about his aims for the rest of the calendar.
“I really can’t wait, I want to get stuck in straight away. I’m not putting this behind me as you want to keep it forever. But you hear Phil Taylor ‘forget it and get on with the next one’ and people like Bristow, you hear it all the time. So I sort of want to switch on and get on with the next tournament. I really want to knuckle down as well I don’t want to be someone who’s just won one tournament and that’s it forget about it for the next year.”