Justin Pipe vows to keep focus after World Grand Prix win over Simon Whitlock
Justin Pipe has vowed not to let his concentration slip after beating World No.5 Simon Whitlock on the opening night of the PartyPoker.com World Grand Prix.
Somerset star Pipe beat European Championship winner Whitlock 2-1 in Dublin last night, recovering from a disappointing second set to take the decider 3-0.
"I lost my concentration after that first set and it nearly cost me, but I got myself together again for the third set," said Pipe, from North Curry near Langport.
"I won't make that mistake again and I'll look forward the second round.
"Last year, I was looking forward to my debut in the event so much but then I had a long weekend and won my first Players Championship on the Sunday and was mentally drained by the time I went on stage.
"This time I was more prepared and it worked out well for me. I'd beaten Simon in Championship League Darts last week and I think that may have been playing on his mind a bit.
"Winning my group in Championship League has ben a big boost for me. Last year was a big year of learning in the TV events and this year I really want to push on and do well."
Pipe will now play Kevin Painter in the second round, after the Players Championship Finals winner whitewashed Belgian debutant Kim Huybrechts 2-0, producing some superb scoring as he won six legs without reply.
"I'd never beaten Kim before and maybe he went up there thinking he was going to have an easy ride, but he missed a few doubles," said Painter.
"My scoring was good and if, at the start of the day, you offered me a 2-0 win against someone like Kim then I'd have bitten your hand off. He's one of the form players, alongside the likes of Dave Chisnall, in recent months and I've not been doing a lot.
"Justin knows that I can play good darts and he won't be taking me lightly. The bookies have written me off tonight and they can keep doing that - I love it.
I'm happy with that and it's nice to be in the second round."