UK Open champion Noppert sets sights on Premier League Darts spot: "If I get in, I take my chance and go 100% for it"

Danny Noppert was not pleased with certain aspects of his performance despite only dropping a few legs in easing past Gabriel Clemens but was glad to be through and playing a different format in the World Grand Prix.

"My doubling was not great today, I'm a little bit disappointed about it. But my scoring was good and that's also important but the first set the second leg, I missed a lot of doubles and I won that leg. Really weird game but it's a nice way to play, something different and I'm looking forward to the next one," he said post match.

But like his moniker of 'The Freeze', he admits the pressure isn't there as he keeps himself to himself and only ramps up the pressure if he's not playing well.

"There's never pressure, I do my own thing and what happens I never give myself too much pressure. If I'm not performing well I do, on stage no."

Despite being a major champion with the reduced format and Rob Cross not being invited last year, the Premier League line-up for next season isn't cut and dry and for Noppert, it is a target after winning the UK Open.

"My target is semi-final but if I lose then I'm not happy. I'm enjoying the darts and most important. I want to enjoy the Premier League, I'm watching for the top six. If I get in, I take my chance and go 100% for it but I'm now in a nice place. Four years ago I didn't think about it but what else can I do, we will see."

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