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SIMON WHITLOCK is “hungry” to win further majors as he prepares to defend his European Championship title.
The Australian won his first crown at the European’s last year, when he defeated Wes Newton to claim first prize.
And the world No.5 (right) has drawn in-form Belgian Kim Huybrechts as he begins his bid to retain the title in Muelheim, Germany.
“It was the greatest moment of my career when I won the European Championship last year and it’s given me the hunger to win more major titles,” said Whitlock.
“We all know that you can’t win everything, but the feeling I got by winning the European Championship is driving me on.
“It was a brilliant weekend and to win three games on the final day to take the title was a big ask but I managed it.
“To win this again would be another massive achievement because the field’s incredibly strong.
“I’ve got Kim first and he’s been sensational for the last 18 months and deserves to have broken into the world’s top 16.
“If I get past him, there’s James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld in my half of the draw, so even getting close to the final will be tough, but it will be a great event.”
Phil Taylor opens his Euro challenge against Holland’s Vincent van der Voort.
World No.4 Wade plays Gary Anderson tomorrow and Van Barneveld plays Germany’s Tomas Seyler.
Bookies’ favourite Michael van Gerwen plays Belgium’s Kurt Van De Rijck and world No.3 Adrian Lewis meets Austrian Mensur Suljovic.
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