Petersen determined to extend ‘career-saving’ World Championship campaign

South African star Petersen celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Devon Petersen admits his resurgent World Championship run may have saved his career and says he now wants to win the title for his mum.

Petersen has booked his place in Round Three at Alexandra Palace in dramatic fashion, surviving six match darts from Wayne Jones in a sudden death thriller before producing a stunning fightback from two sets down to stun Ian White.
 
The South African headed in to the tournament in serious danger of surrendering his Tour Card, but the two dramatic victories in darts' theatre of dreams have all but secured his professional status for 2019.

The 32-year-old now is situated in a wide open bottom quarter of the draw which also houses Steve West - his next opponent, Nathan Aspinall, Toni Alcinas, Benito van de Pas and Brendan Dolan.

And Petersen now has his eyes on the prize as he bids to join John Part as the only non-European winner of a PDC World Championship title.

"I think it was a career-saving performance," said Petersen, reflecting on his nail-biting win over White.

"I love playing on the Ally Pally stage, it's a magnificent showcase for me to show my best game and to show people what I'm all about.

"Over the last 18 months I've been adapting my throwing style, which is why I haven't had great results on the tour, but I'm glad that my best game is coming through now when it matters most.

"I worked hard with Wayne Mardle in the background and Joe Cullen has helped me as well.

"When I'm practicing, I'm playing really well, like Van Gerwen-esc and Taylor-esc but I've never shown it on TV - I don't know why.

"I've worked hard and I realise hard work beats talent all the time.

"If I didn't win that game, I think I'd have lost my Tour Card and had to have gone to Q School, not doubting I would have got it back but it's easier to hold it. 

"My focus was always to win the Worlds then I would hold my Tour Card so in the end I'm still focused on winning the Worlds.

"I feel like this could be the year I win the Worlds."

Petersen's best run in the sport's show-piece event came in 2013/14, when he reached the Last 16 as a Preliminary Round qualifier before eventually losing out to James Wade.

Petersen, who was born in Cape Town but recently relocated to Bradford, has become a darting idol in his homeland and is hoping to inspire a new generation of South African talent.

He also hopes to have the support of his mum at Alexandra Palace for Thursday's Third Round clash with West and admits he would lift the trophy with her proudly watching on.

"The family and support in the community, they've always wanted Devon Petersen to succeed and I feel like I've kind of laid it short all the time," Petersen added.

"This time around I'm feeling a lot more confident.

"This year is kind of different, my mum's hoping to come to the next game and she's suffering from motor neurone disease so there's a time clock and I'd really like my mum to see me lift the World Championship trophy.

"It's one of those things that motivates you to push over the line, things align with your whole spirit and being and that's why I'm winning."


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