Smith vows to battle back after World Series heartbreak

Smith suffered an agonising last-leg defeat in Vienna (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael Smith has vowed to “fight back” despite his a heartbreaking weekend on the oche which ended with him being left stranded in Edinburgh.

Smith squandered five match darts in the final to beat James Wade and claim World Series Finals glory in Vienna on Sunday night.

The St Helens star was left close to tears after the defeat but then suffered more misery with a marathon 12-hour delay-strewn trip home from Austria.

"It wasn't the best 24 hours of my life, put it that way," Smith told Live Darts. 

"I don't know why the flight delays were so bad, fog I think.

"But we were trying to get back and after the delays and cancelled flights, I ended up trying to get to Heathrow but that flight was fully booked. All I could do was get to Edinburgh.

"I then had to quickly get a car to drive back home. I had to find the right one, the hire company wanted to give me a Corsa, but there's no way I'd fit in one of them with my height!

"In the end I was gutted because I missed out on taking my son Junior to the fireworks, he was in bed by the time I got home."

Smith, 28, was in outstanding form all weekend before those final five darts, averaging 100 for the tournament.

He was clearly devastated in the minutes after the defeat, tweeting: "I've never hated myself this much in my life."

But he added: "I obviously calmed down pretty quick. That was in the heat of the moment. 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. 

"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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