Raymond van Barneveld feeling confident ahead of Grand Slam of Darts

Raymond van Barneveld admits that he is feeling confident ahead of attempting to defend his Grand Slam of Darts trophy.

Raymond van Barneveld has revealed that he is feeling confident after reaching the semi-finals of The Masters in Edinburgh last weekend.

The five-time world champion defeated Michael van Gerwen on the way to reaching the semi-finals, and the Dutchman has admitted that his self-belief is as high as it could be as he attempts to defend his Grand Slam of Darts title.

The 46-year-old told PDC.TV: "I played really well in Scotland and it has given me a real confidence boost.

"Confidence is very important in this game. You only have to look at last year when I won the Grand Slam. That gave me belief in myself again and I haven't done too badly since then.

"My self-belief has increased again from The Masters. Not only from beating Michael, but also Dave Chisnall, who has been playing very well, and I gave Adrian Lewis a very tough game in the semi-final."

Van Barneveld has been drawn alongside Mervyn King, Tony O'Shea and Ricky Evans in Wolverhampton.

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