Deadly De Zwaan dreaming of World Matchplay glory

Dutch ace De Zwaan celebrates (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Jeffrey de Zwaan admits he is “flying” on the Winter Gardens stage and believes he can go on to lift the World Matchplay trophy on Sunday night.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed one of the most memorable debuts in the 25-year history of the competition, coming in as the lowest ranked player in the field (68th) to reach his first televised Semi-Final.

The rapid Dutchman proved his First Round scalp of Michael van Gerwen was no flash in the pan by knocking out Adrian Lewis in the Last 16 before thrashing Dave Chisnall 16-8 with a 103.2 average on Thursday.

He is now bidding to become the youngest ever winner of this title and the biggest pre-tournament outsider (500/1) to reach a major final since Kirk Shepherd (750/1) at the 2008 World Championship.

"The dream goes on and on," said De Zwaan, who faces a Semi-Final show-down with Gary Anderson on Saturday.

"I'm playing well and feeling really comfortable on the stage.

"I'm really flying on that stage, every dart that goes in the treble gives me a boost.

"To win against Michael [Van Gerwen] put me under more pressure because he's the number one but after that I feel really well on stage.

"I just want to win the title and that's all I'm thinking about."

After dropping off the tour at the end of last season, De Zwaan regain his Tour Card at Qualifying School in January and has also claimed a Players Championship title this term.

The Black Cobra reveals a new long-term sponsorship deal and a part-time job at a marine repair company has taken the pressure away from having to depend upon darts results to earn a living.

"It is a new chapter in my career," he added.

"To get my Tour Card back and qualify for the World Matchplay then get to the Semi-Finals, what can I say about it? It's brilliant.

"I have a new coach and a new sponsorship contract for ten years and that has relaxed me in my head and I think that's what has changed things.

"I'm working full time for the company of my manager - I repair engines from marine ships.
 
"I work half days so the other half of the day I can practice.

"Hopefully within ten years I can get in the top 16, that's what I'm dreaming about and hopefully I can make that true."


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