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Andy Hamilton sets sights on World Grand Prix title

Updated: Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 22:01 | Comments

Andy Hamilton rallied back to beat Steve Beaton
Andy Hamilton rallied back to beat Steve Beaton

Andy Hamilton battled back from 2-1 down against Steve Beaton to win a place in the World Grand Prix quarter-finals at Citywest and declared "I'm ready to win this title!"

The World Championship runner-up's bid for a maiden major title continued in the double-start tournament following a typically gritty display against Beaton.

Hamilton found himself 2-1 down in the contest after throwing away a 2-0 lead in the third set, but levelled by taking the fourth before winning the deciding set without reply to book his quarter-final place.

With reigning champion Phil Taylor, two-time winner James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld already knocked out of the event, Hamilton believes he can now go on to claim the £100,000 first prize on Sunday night.

"I've made every major quarter-final apart from the UK Open this year, so I'm showing that I deserve to be in the top eight - there's no reason why I can't win this now," said Hamilton.

"Once Phil Taylor goes out of the tournament, even though he was in the opposite half to me, everybody pushes up their game because he's such a great player. There's going to be a new name on the trophy, and hopefully it's mine."

Hamilton hit over half of his finishing doubles during the contest, and landed four 180s in a strong display.

"I'm sure it was a great match to watch and it was even tougher to play in, and I thought I showed a lot of professionalism," he said. "I seem to concentrate more when I'm in a battle and I've shown I can come through games like this time and again.

"There weren't many bad darts during the game and I scored well and took some good finishes out. "I changed my starting double from double 16 to double top and that worked for me, so I'm very happy with the result."

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