World Grand Prix: Dave Chisnall can be upbeat despite final defeat, says Wayne Mardle
Last Updated: 15/10/13 10:10am
Dave Chisnall's game is in a good place despite his disastrous defeat to Phil Taylor in the World Grand Prix final, in Dublin.
Chisnall suffered a 6-0 mauling at the hands of World No 1 Taylor, who helped himself to a total of 18 of the 20 legs to inflict the first whitewash in a Grand Prix final. Read our report here.
"The writing was on the wall pretty early, plus the fact that Phil Taylor was having one of his great nights."
At no stage did the 33-year-old look like repeating the form that earned him victory over Taylor in the 2012 World Championship yet Mardle refused to paint too bleak a picture on Sky Sports.
"Chizzy has to take a lot of positives from the tournament as a whole," he said. "The final was an absolute disaster for him - he didn't score well, he didn't do anything right.
"His body language didn't look right from the first dart. It doesn't matter what sport you play, you can see when someone hasn't got that snap, that little bit of speed about them.
"For me, Chisnall was throwing fine but there wasn't any snap in his rhythm - normally he lets go and sometimes he can snatch at the dart and they still go in with some force. In the final they were going I a bit weak.
"The writing was on the wall pretty early, plus the fact that Phil Taylor was having one of his great nights.
"But, as we know, he has beaten Phil in the World Championships, he's at a career-high No 7 and is in the Grand Slam - so life is good for Chizzy now.
"If you'd have said to him at the very start of the week 'Dave, we know you are not in favour of this format and it is hard for you but you are going to reach the final, he would have ripped your arm off'.
Taylor was in relentless mood as he surged towards an 11th World Grand Prix title, finishing with an average of 97.67 after making 18 of his 31 throws at closing doubles.
Sky Sports expert Rod Harrington said once the 53-year-old established the lead, there was precious little Chisnall could do to get back into the game.
"After Chisnall went two sets down he couldn't come back because of the way that Phil was playing. Chisnall just couldn't get the double in. We saw Taylor's first dart going into that double so often, that he wore Chisnall down.
"It was a case of 'welcome to the PDC World Finals against Phil Taylor', I'm afraid. This is what Phil Taylor does and he does it so often, putting his opponents in their place.
"We all talked about Chisnall beating him in the World Championship and in tour events, but Phil thought 'right, I'm going to put this right' and that's what he did.
"Chisnall's attitude going into the semi-final was totally different from the final. In the semi-final he went in there and got on with the job.
"Ahead of the final all of the scnarios go through his head about what it would mean to iwn - it would be a life-changing win with all the extra money, getting a World title under his belt - and he just didn''t start the game well enough.
"Phil is so experienced that he took advantage of that bit Chisnall will be contesting more finals in the future."