Adrian Lewis and Gerwyn Price are poised for a grudge clash in the Second Round of the 2016 World Matchplay after Lewis vowed to ‘turn him over’ in Blackpool.
This will be the first meeting between the two players since Price stunned the two-time World Champion with a 13-10 victory in their last 16 clash at the Winter Gardens 12 months ago, and Lewis insists he will be out for revenge when they collide again on Tuesday.
Lewis kicked off his campaign with a comfortable win over Mark Webster on Sunday evening and had some choice words for the Welshman in his post-match interviews.
“Gerwyn had one lucky game last year and that was against me,” claimed Lewis. “I’ll turn him over no problem, don’t worry about that.
“What’s he done since he beat me here last year?
“He’s slagged me off loads of times since then so we’ll see how it goes this time.
“This year is totally different and I’ll be ready for him.
“Revenge is definitely in the equation, I want to return the favour and I’ll be after him,” he added.
Lewis’ comments sparked war of words between the two players on Twitter, with Price insinuating that he will be in the Quarter-Finals for the second year running.
The feud dates back to comments made on social media by Price in April
, when he questioned the consistency of Gary Anderson in comparison to Michael van Gerwen.
This prompted irate responses from a number of players and their family members, including Lewis, Michael Smith and Anderson’s partner Rachel Ford.
Price defeated number 13 seed Kim Huybrechts 10-8 in his first round tie on Sunday afternoon and has seemingly preserved his best form for the iconic Winter Gardens stage.
The world number 25 overcame Michael Smith (10-4) and Lewis (13-10) before going down to Peter Wright on debut here last year and has picked up two Players Championship titles so far this season.