Jim Williams will make his second appearance in the Grand Slam of Darts this time around and after a narrow group exit last time out, he will hope to build on it in a venue he now has experience in.

Williams has been handed a tough group with Michael van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis and Ross Smith but in his eyes it is a perfect draw as he has the opportunity to take on two of the World’s best.

“It’s a perfect draw I think,” Williams told Sky Sports in a recent interview before the event began.

“[Michael] Van Gerwen – everybody wants the opportunity to play him don’t they? Adrian Lewis has been awesome for years so I was really happy with it.

“You always feel pressure because we don’t get to play on television that much. You want to try and impress so you’ve got that pressure. As for playing Van Gerwen and Lewis – it doesn’t bother me, because I’ve got nothing to lose.

“The pressure is different really. Rather than playing the person the pressure is more on yourself and your performance I suppose.”

‘It’s great to be back’

In terms of returning to Aldersley Leisure Village, he called it something that all BDO players aim for and that after having his maiden experience, he is looking forward to heading back again.

“It’s great to be back. It’s obviously something all BDO players aim for at the start of the season. The first time was awesome so I’m looking forward to it again.

“Last year helped to be fair, the big stage and the crowd is a bit different to what we’re used to. It’s different to acclimatise to.

“I wouldn’t say it’s tougher, it’s kind of easier in a way. The Lakeside for example, everyone is on top of you and they’re all quiet, whereas at the PDC it’s louder but you don’t pick up certain voices, it’s more consistent noise so to be honest I found it easier.”

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