Whitlock emotional after dramatic win

Australian Simon Whitlock (9/2 to win the World Championship) has admitted that he was emotional after he managed to secure a late win over Ian White at the PDC World Championship on Saturday night.

The 44-year-old reached the final at Alexandra Palace in 2010, and he will repeat that if he can overcome Peter Wright (11/2 to win the World Championship) on Monday evening.

He looked on course to breeze into the semi-finals but had to withstand a late comeback from White before managing to scrape over the line and secure the win.

Before the match, he had not lost a set in his previous two matches, and he looked set to continue that record as he moved into a 3-0 lead. White picked up the next set, but Whitlock took out 78 to give himself a 4-1 advantage.

However, White refused to lie down and he took the next three to force the match into a deciding set, but Whitlock remained calm under pressure to throw the winning dart.

Speaking after the match, he told Sky Sports News: “I actually had a tear in my eye. That match meant so much to me.

“I thought about previous matches I lost after leading and I’m so relieved that I won now.”

Meanwhile, Wright made the semi-final after coming back from 2-0 down to beat Wes Newton. The latter has now lost at the quarter-final stage in three of the last four years, all by the same 5-4 scoreline.

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