Here Comes the Matchplay; 2013 So Far for Stuart Kellett
The summer’s favourite darts tournament celebrates its 20th staging from July 20-28, with 32 players competing for the prestigious title, and because of his great form this year, Stuart proudly takes his place in that line-up. The top 16 players from the PDC Order of Merit are seeded for the first round draw, with the 16 qualifiers drawn against them. The draw was made live on Sky Sports News on 9th July. Stuart found time to answer a few questions before his big game against the world number 1, Phil Taylor…
BetVictor World Matchplay Draw
Phil Taylor (1) v Stuart Kellett
Terry Jenkins (16) v Andy Smith
Raymond van Barneveld (8) v Mensur Suljovic
Justin Pipe (9) v Mark Webster
Simon Whitlock (5) v Jelle Klaasen
Kevin Painter (12) v Jamie Lewis
James Wade (4) v John Part
Mervyn King (13) v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen (2) v Colin Lloyd
Kim Huybrechts (15) v Peter Wright
Wes Newton (7) v Jamie Caven
Dave Chisnall (10) v Paul Nicholson
Andy Hamilton (6) v Ronnie Baxter
Robert Thornton (11) v Ian White
Adrian Lewis (3) v Ronny Huybrechts
Brendan Dolan (14) v Steve Beaton
Stuart congratulations on qualifying for the Matchplay a tournament that most pundits are calling the best 32 players ever assembled at Blackpool!! How does it feel to be a part of the field?
It’s feels great to be part of this great tournament, bit of a dream of come true really to play at the winter gardens. The crowd in Blackpool are amazing so to get the chance to play in front of them on that stage is amazing. Hopefully I will put on a good performance.
You joined the PDC in 2012 gaining your tour card after only two days but you struggled in the early part of 2012 but 2013 has been fantastic so far, when do you think the turning point was?
Yeah it was tough at 1st without doubt. I had to learn very quickly that you don’t get many 2nd chances in the pdc. This without doubt improved my game throughout 2012 and that together with a few nice wins got my confidence up. The worlds was a big disappointment so made me hungry to show what i can do. This happened very quickly at minehead reaching my 1st pdc final and was followed by consistent runs to the last 16 before another final which included a nice win over the power!
You have drawn Phil Taylor in Blackpool how does drawing the best in the world make you feel?
Obviously it’s not the draw you would choose, especially in Blackpool because his record there is incredible. Therefore i’m under no illusions that it’s going to be incredibly tough but I aim to just go up there and enjoy the whole experience. Like i said previously I’ve beat him on the tour so i know i can do it on my day!
Looking onto the next 12 months what are your long term aims?
My short term aim is to have a good run in a tv tournament, especially the worlds after letting myself down previously. After that it’s to keep improving my game and my consistency so that I keep appearing in the majors and improving my ranking, hopefully into the top 16. A win in a tour event would be nice too. I’ve proved to myself i can get to finals so to win 1 is hopefully just around the corner.