Whitlock wary of Hamilton test

Simon Whitlock says he faces a tough task against Andy Hamilton in his Ladbrokes World Championship semi-final despite a convincing 5-1 victory against Gary Anderson in the last eight.

The Australian continues to play well despite breaking his ankle at the end of October and looks in good shape to make it through to the final on this form.

However, he takes on the impressive Hamilton next and is aware it will be a difficult encounter. Those looking at the PDC darts odds online should remember this.

“Andy Hamilton will be a tough opponent in the semi-finals. He playing some fantastic darts at the moment, and he seems to thrive under pressure,” he said.

Whitlock had to come from a set down to beat Anderson, who was left to rue 29 missed darts overall in the tie, as he eventually eased past the Scotsman by taking the next five on the bounce.

Whitlock, who has already won the Premier League this season, says he is playing with confidence and does not appear to be affected by his ongoing ankle problem, despite it slowing his play down.

“I’ve got belief in myself at the moment, and I’m not letting my ankle problem be a handicap to me,” he added.

“I think Gary struggled with the pace of the game a little, because I was having take more time with my throw, because of the injury.”

Whitlock’s semi-final clash against Hamilton is set for New Year’s Day at 7.15pm after the latter made it through thanks to a hard-fought 5-3 win over Kim Huybrechts earlier on Friday.

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