Simon Whitlock has Damon Heta listed as the next world champions after the Australian pair beat Wales and won World Cup of Darts for the first time.
The Australian pair defeated tournament favorites Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton 3-1 in the final after impressive victories over England in the semis and Belgium in the quarters earlier on Sunday.
Whitlock has been a ubiquitous player since the inaugural PDC World Cup of Darts in 2010. He famously lost a thrilling final to England in 2012 and has finally lifted the trophy.
The Wizard was full of praise for Heta, but also had an emotional word for former World Cup partner Kyle Anderson, who tragically passed away last year.
“I had a great partner, Damo was amazing. Great partner, great friend in darts,” Whitlock told Sky Sports. “The crowd was amazing, they were amazing.
“It’s life changing, I’ve dreamed of this moment my whole life and I finally got there with a good mate and a great darts player.
“I wish I’d done it with Kyle sooner, but Kyle is gone and Damon has taken responsibility. He’s amazing, I love this guy, he’s the best player on the planet right now.
He added, “I thought about Kyle the entire time we played. We miss him, he was a great guy and a great darts player.”
Whitlock even made a bold prediction for Heta, saying “This guy is on fire, he’ll be the next world champion, I guarantee it.”
Heta added: “Absolutely blown away by this guy, blown away by Australia with all the support at home.
“Everything we sacrifice to be here and it’s in the bag baby!”
The Welsh pair won the title in 2020 and although they were disappointed to lose this time, Price had some kind words for the new champions.
“We weren’t at our best in the final, but Simon and Damon played fantastically,” said the Iceman.
“I said to Jonny at the beginning of the tournament: ‘This is the final’. I predicted we would win but I was wrong but fair game to them.’
The Iceman and the Ferret had looked strong all along, beating the Philippines, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands to reach the final.
Price averaged a 117.88 in a singles win over Germany’s Martin Schindler in the quarter-finals and looked unstoppable, but the Welshmen weren’t at their best in the final.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/19/damon-heta-and-simon-whitlock-react-to-australia-winning-world-cup-of-darts-16854924/ Damon Heta and Simon Whitlock react to Australia winning the World Cup of Darts