Grand Slam of Darts Preview (Previous Form)
The Grand Slam of Darts is one of my favourite tounaments so I have decided to bring back a bit of blogging.
Below I have listed the entrants and their previous form in the event. Any feedback is always welcome.
Phil Taylor (1) – Won the event 4 times from 6 attempts.
Kevin Painter – Reached the QF’s in 3 out of the 4 times he has competed.
Paul Nicholson – Only qualified from the Group Stages once from four attempts.
Stuart Kellett – First time he has competed at the event.
James Wade (8) – Only gone past the Last 16 once in six attempts (though did reach the final).
Gary Anderson – Progressed from the Group Stages in all 6 attempts. Reached one final, two semis and one quarter.
Wesley Harms – Reached the Last 16 last year in his first attempt before being beaten by van Barneveld.
Peter Wright – First time he has competed at the event.
Adrian Lewis (5) – Failed to progress from the Group Stage in 4 out of 6 attempts (finishing bottom of group twice).
Christian Kist – Reached the QF last year in his first attempt before being beaten by van Barneveld.
Ronny Huybrechts – First time he has competed at the event.
Richie George – First time he has competed at the event.
Michael van Gerwen (4) – After three attempts where he didn’t progress from the Group Stage he has topped his group the last two years and reached the final last year.
Kim Huybrechts – First time he has competed at the event.
Dean Winstanley – Topped his group both times and reached the semi-final last year.
Vincent van der Voort – Never progressed past the Group Stage in 5 previous attempts.
Raymond van Barneveld (2) – Reigning champion. Has failed to get out of his group only once from six attempts.
Mervyn King – Has only once failed to get past the Group Stage. Finished top of his group 4 times out of 6.
Tony O’Shea – Won his group in his first two attempts but failed to get past Group Stage in past two years.
Ricky Evans – First time he has competed at the event.
Andy Hamilton (7) – Has reached one final and one semi-final from his four previous attempts.
Robert Thornton – Progressed from his group all four previous times he has participated but only reached the QF once.
Mark Walsh – Reached the SF on his first visit two years ago but failed to qualify for L16 last year.
Justin Pipe – Failed to progress from his group in his two previous attempts.
Simon Whitlock (6) – Reached the QF on his first two attempts when he topped his group. Has failed to qualify for L16 the last two times he has competed.
Wes Newton – Progressed from his group two years in a row after failing to do so in his previous two attempts.
Mark Webster – Competed in all 6 years the Grand Slam has run. He has reached two QF but also failed to get past Group Stage 3 times.
Ross Smith – First time he has competed at the event.
Scott Waites (3) – Previous winner and also runner-up. He has failed to progress past the Group Stage twice though.
Dave Chisnall – Never progressed past the Group Stage in his two previous attempts.
Michael Smith – First time he has competed at the event.
Ted Hankey – Reached the QF once, but has failed to progress from his group twice from four attempts.