Gerwyn Price and Luke Humphries go head-to-head in the final of the 2023 World Grand Prix in Leicester on Sunday….
Gerwyn Price and Luke Humphries go head-to-head in the final of the 2023 World Grand Prix in Leicester on Sunday.
The culmination of the 26th staging of the prestigious double-start major sees world number four and six collide for the £120,000 title at the Morningside Arena.
The duo have been two of the stand-out performers of the season so far and are now set for an enthralling battle as they bid to create history.
Price is looking to become just the fourth player since the event began in 1998 to lift this trophy on more than one occasion, with only Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen and James Wade having done so.
The Welshman first claimed this crown behind closed doors in Coventry in 2020 and is now appearing in a third Grand Prix final in the space of four years.
Price has already defended his runner-up prize money against his world ranking from 2021 and is out to secure a first televised ranking title since the 2021 Grand Slam.
The fourth seed sailed into the Semi-Finals without dropping a set, overcoming world number nine Danny Noppert, recent European Tour event winner Krzysztof Ratajski and Martin Schindler.
He then reeled off nine of the last ten legs to end the hopes of reigning World Champion Michael Smith in Saturday’s Semi-Finals.
Humphries, meanwhile, is through to a first televised ranking final since the 2021 UK Open – where he was denied glory by James Wade.
The Newbury ace is bidding to become the latest new winner of a major title and the tenth different winner of the World Grand Prix – a triumph which would send him into the world’s top four for the first time.
Humphries headed to Leicester in a blistering run of form, having reached a sixth Euro Tour final of the year, before again losing out to Dave Chisnall in the final of a ProTour event.
The 28-year-old enjoyed straight sets wins over 2017 champion Daryl Gurney and debutant Luke Woodhouse, before sensationally recovering from two sets down and surviving three match darts from Peter Wright to snatch a 3-2 victory in the Quarter-Finals.
He then coasted to a 4-0 whitewash of a struggling Joe Cullen in the Semi-Finals to set up the biggest occasion of his career so far.
Humphries defeated Price 6-4 in the Quarter-Finals of this year’s US Masters, before repeating the feat in the Semi-Finals of the recent Hungarian Darts Trophy.
The final gets under way from 8pm BST and will be contested over the best of nine sets.
All sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie break in any set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before they can begin scoring in each leg.
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