Michael Smith is looking ahead to the PDC World Championships at the Ally Pally next month after his impressive run in the Grand Slam.

The Merseyside player looked strong throughout the tournament before his eventual semi-final defeat to world number two, Peter Wright.

He won all three group stages matches in a tough group that included Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld.

He continued this run by defeating Joe Cullen in the last 16 and then three-time Grand Slam champion, Michael van Gerwen, in the quarter-finals.

An impressive tournament for Smith means he is now at the number nine spot on the PDC Order of Merit, ensuring a strong seeding placement in the World Championship.

Smith has been tipped as 10th favourite to win the World Championship at 28/1, while this yearโ€™s Grand Slam champion Gerwyn Price is the favourite placed at 7/2.

With 96 players competing in the World Championship, Smith will be happy being considered among the top 10 in the sport.

He finished runner-up in the World Championship in 2019, after losing out to van Gerwen in a 7-3 defeat in the final.

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