2011 can be termed as golden year for Taylor

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2011 can be termed as golden year for Taylor  

The year 2011 can be attributed as golden time for Phil Taylor’s professional career as darts star because he has achieved great success, sweeping all major titles such as World Matchplay, European Championship, Grand Prix, Grand Slam of Darts and Players Championship concluded last Sunday.

The 15-time world champion started this year with great setbacks because he did not reach World Championship final showdown after his defeat, fighting against Mark Webster in the quarter-final that also provided a base to many newspaper owners to circulate a hearsay about him such as Taylor is going to take retirement, Taylor badly needs a break of two years and so on.

Interestingly, Taylor did not only display bad game in World Championship quarter-final but also played very poor game in UK Open and it was the time when no one could think that ‘The Power’ would display such a inspiring performance in every tournament and pocket huge prize money in the end of the year, proving all rumors untrue and turning them into his success.      

Taylor’s continuous success in five tournaments freezed off all notions about him, especially in last two tournaments, (Grand Salm of Darts and Players Championship) where he displayed outclass performance, defeating Gary Anderson by 16-4 in Grand Slam of Darts and Justin Pipe by 6-4 victory in final showdowns respectively.

‘The Power’ won both the matches after thrilling fight and his inspiring performance was liked and lauded by many dart fans. His success in last two tournaments did not only earn him fifth successive title and fame, but also brightened his chances for many other darts trophies in near future.   

Taylor is now very much confident and enthusiastic for the upcoming World Championship at Alexandra Palace, scheduled to be held from next month (December 15) and many darts experts see him the most favourite for the title.

One can also assume from his confidence level and inspiring performance as he said after the presentation ceremony of Grand Slam tournament that he would try like hell to achieve success in World Championship next month and winning Players Championship events in Wigan can justify his claim and eagerness to win titles one after the other.

According to darts experts, the world champion might face tough opponents such as Raymond van Barneveld, Scott Waites, Justin Pipe and Gary Anderson in the upcoming tournament, but ultimately he would be the winner due to his inspiring form and eagerness for the title.

But no one can be sure of anybody’s success as there could also be upsets like the Grand Slam and Taylor might be the one to test defeat this time because in Sunday’s Players Championship final match, he was likely face defeat, but luckily bounced back in the game and stole the show.

No doubt Taylor started the match with full confidence and won the first leg in 13-darts, but Pipe fought back to level the match by scoring 164 checkout with an 11-darter, giving him a 2-1 lead against the world champion, but ‘The Power’ sealed the match very tactfully after a hard struggle, winning the 10th leg with a superb 128 checkout.

So, this also proves that Taylor might also face hard matches during World Championship next month and his fans must make up their minds for any unexpected results. Would Taylor add another title (16th) or face defeat this time? His fans have to wait for two weeks more.