Krzysztof Ratajski secured his fourth PDC title as he claimed PDC Players Championship 17 in Wigan.
The ‘Polish Eagle’ picked up three PDC ranking titles in 2018 in what was a great story as Ratajski blew away the field without even having a PDC tour-card.
In 2019, Ratajski has been in some great form, but despite recording some impressive averages, the Pole hasn’t always had the ‘rub of the green’ in terms of obtaining victories.
En route to the title, Ratajski averaged 100 or more in the majority of his victories on Saturday afternoon.
Over the course of the day, Ratajski saw off the likes of Toni Alcinas (6-5), Barrie Bates (6-1), Glen Durrant (6-4), Marko Kantele (6-5), Jamie Hughes (6-0) and James Wilson (7-3) before securing an 8-3 victory over the UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall to pocket the £10,000 first prize.
Rataski will make his debut at the Betfred World Matchplay next month, and he’ll fancy his chances of a run, and he’s certainly a name that most players would like to avoid in the draw.
In his post-match interview with PDC’s Dan Dawson, Ratajski expressed his delight.
“Yes, it’s true. I played every match with an average of 100, or a little more.
When asked about sometimes not always having the best of luck in terms of victories on the tour despite playing well, Ratajski replied:
“Sometimes I’ve been a little unlucky, but my opponents have played really well. Even when I’ve played superb, my opponents play better.
“It’s like yesterday, I lost in the European Tour Qualifiers with an average of 105. I played ‘perfect’, but he played better and won 6-5.
Ratajski went on comment about his chances at the World Matchplay next month:
“If I play like I did today, then I know that I’m able to win. I played well today, I feel really good, and I know that I’m playing at a really high level. If I don’t make any mistakes, then I have every chance.”
All results and statistics from Players Championship 17 are available on DartConnect 👇