Relaxed Waites enjoying debut

24 December 2020 00:33:15 GMTPlus11

Scott Waites says he is having fun in his first appearance in the PDC World Darts Championship and is looking forward to his second-round meeting with Nathan Aspinall.

Waites, a two-time winner of the BDO World Championship and a former finalist in the PDC's Grand Slam of Darts, faces Aspinall at around 8pm on Wednesday in the final set of matches before the Christmas break.

Waites insists that not taking his sport too seriously has become the secret to his success and the man known as 'Scotty 2 Hotty' by his fans is hoping to take the same approach into his meeting with Aspinall, who has made the semi-finals in this competition in both his previous two starts.

Only Michael Smith and Michael van Gerwen have been able to stop Aspinall on the Alexandra Palace stage previously, so Waites knows he has a tough job on his hands.

"I've always wanted to play here at the Ally Pally," said Waites. "I don't come here just to make the numbers up - I come here because I've earned my right to play in this tournament and hopefully I am still good enough to beat everybody that's still in this tournament.

"On my day I think I could throw as good as anybody else, but I'm probably not as consistent as I should be. I like playing darts for the fun of playing darts. When you put darts on the serious map, it takes a lot of the fun away from it."

Waites is 12/5 to beat Aspinall, who is the 1/1000 favourite. Waites can be backed at 1212/1 for outright PDC World Championship glory, while Aspinall is on offer at 1212/1.

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