RICKY EVANS admits that qualifying for the Grand Slam has stopped 2020 from being “a year of hell”.
The quickfire star came through a tough draw in Coventry to beat Darren Webster, Kim Huybrechts, Daryl Gurney and Steve Beaton to book his place in the major which starts on November 16.
Evans, 30, has endured a tough few months on and off the oche and revealed it’s a massive relief to have a big result.
He said: “I’m over the moon to be honest. I couldn’t have had it much tougher than the four guys I had to beat to get through.
“But my form has been pretty good, I knew I had this sort of performance in me and now I need to make the most of it in the Slam.
“I have to admit, so far it’s been a year of hell. So much has gone wrong and now I can finally breathe a sigh of relief and focus on my darts. I think that showed in the qualifier.
“I do have a huge amount of belief in my ability. But for some reason I’ve not managed to take it to the next level.
“The important thing now is to use the Slam as a springboard. I have to push on now and go further up the rankings and start making more quarters, semis and finals.”
Evans was knocked out of the World Championship by Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price in the UK Open.
Now he vows to work hard to make an impact in the Slam. He added: “We’ve got the Winter Series and then the Grand Slam. This result can help my confidence even more. If I add the hard work I know I can have a few great runs.”
By Phil Lanning