Wednesday, November 30, 2011

World title could cap extraordinary year for Wade

James Wade is the second most successful player in PDC history after the legend that is Phil Taylor, but he has never won the PDC World Championship and victory this time around would cap a remarkable turnaround year for the left-hander.

The 28-year-old was knocked out of the world championship at Alexandra Palace last year in the first round by Austrian unknown star Mensur Suljovic.

After this Wade checked into a rehabilitation clinic and was diagnoses with bipolar and attention deficit disorders, with the darts star bravely going public and revealing his long-running battles with depression during the summer. Those looking at the latest darts betting odds will have been surprised.

The PDC fans were unanimously behind Wade and chanted his name upon his return at the UK Open in Bolton – which he won for second time – and the darts world have continued to support him in tournaments across the world.

Despite all his success, the best Wade has to show at the PDC World Championships is a semi-final appearance in 2009 and there will be many fans hoping the Aldershot flinger can be a success at the Alexandra Palace this time around.

There is no doubting he has the ability to beat anyone – up to and including the mercurial Phil Taylor – in the PDC draw and it can all depend as to how Wade is feeling in himself as to how far he can go in the tournament.

But after such an emotional and extraordinary year in his career there would be few who would complain if Wade finally added a world championship trophy to an already glowing CV.

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