KIM HUYBRECHTS has set his sights on claiming a treble in The Masters at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, this weekend, after picking up a brilliant win in the Dutch Darts Masters.
The emerging Belgian ace has capped his rise into the sport’s top 16 by winning back-to-back ranking titles over the past two weekends, firstly claiming a Players Championship event in Killarney before taking the £20,000 European Tour title in the Netherlands on Sunday night. Should Huybrechts win this weekend’s inaugural Masters event in the Capital, he would join world No. 2 Michael van Gerwen in claiming three successive tournament victories during 2013.
The 27-year-old takes on two-time world champion Adrian Lewis in Friday night’s first round, and would have to win four games across the weekend to pick up the inaugural £50,000 title and complete an amazing three Sundays. “It’s been a great couple of weeks for me,” said Huybrechts, who defeated Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan in the Dutch Darts Masters final with a sensational performance. “I’m loving it and playing some fantastic darts at the moment.
“Before Killarney I only had one title, and now inside two weeks I’ve got three. I’ve put in a lot of hard work but really enjoyed myself and played really good darts.
“I’m really happy with the way I’ve played in the last couple of weeks, only doing good things, so I hope to do some damage in Scotland. I’m going into the tournament with a lot of confidence and I’ll do my best.”
Huybrechts has won five of his previous seven games against Stoke star Lewis, the reigning European Champion, and the Belgian is anticipating an exciting clash when the pair meet over the best of 11 legs.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “When you play Adrian Lewis on the big stage anything can happen, but I feel really good. Adrian is a world-class player, a former World Champion and he probably will be a World Champion again someday. It will be about who plays well on the day.”
“It will be a good pace. Both of us are quite quick - I’m not as quick as Adrian though - but it will be good for the fans.”
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