Sick Nic hoping it’s not Paul over
PAUL NICHOLSON admits he is facing a battle to rescue his career following a devastating BetVictor World Matchplay defeat to Dave Chisnall.
The 34-year-old Aussie crashed out of the Blackpool tournament in the first round with a narrow 10-8 loss to Chisnall, blowing leads of 4-1 and 8-7.
He was left in tears as he exited the stage and was distraught at seeing his hopes of winning a second major title dashed.
However, he is determined to turn the disappointment into a positive as he prepares to return to Australia for his next competitive outing at the Sydney Darts Masters in late August.
Geordie born Nicholson admitted: “At the start of the game with Dave I felt okay, but I also felt there was something not right.
“I’ve been struggling with certain things behind the scenes and been hiding it and trying to focus on my darts.
“This year has been a real struggle. I’m trying to battle my way through games and against Dave it was too much.
“I was in a war and at certain points in the game I snapped. I didn’t have the strength and I just snapped.
“It was the hardest game I’ve ever had and it took me to a place that I didn’t want people to see.
“I’ve been a pro now for five years and I’ve got to realise that there are going to be wars like that where I’m going to have to dig deep.
“I dug as deep as I could but it wasn’t enough. I think what tipped me over the edge was that I didn’t have enough to get me through.”
Nicholson won his first major title at the 2010 Players Championship Finals, before more focus on his supposed bad-boy image than darts.
He added: “I’ve got to move forward from this position now and fight for my place within the darting world.
“I’m proud of what I’ve done and I refuse to give up because this is a great sport.
“I can start from scratch again in Australia and go from there.
“I’ve got to rediscover the person who loves this game. Something has gone missing and I’ve got to find some strength.”
BELTERS: Froch and Groves can’t wait for their Battle of Britain
IN TEARS: Nicholson