‘I have the potential to become the world darts champion’: Littler envisions winning the title after effortlessly reaching the semi-finals.

For the first time, Luke Littler allowed himself to have aspirations. It’s almost unthinkable that the 16-year-old prodigy, who is on the verge of winning the world championship, could be challenged by anyone. After easily defeating Brendan Dolan and advancing to the semi-finals against the 2018 champion Rob Cross, Littler confessed that as soon as his winning dart hit the double-four bed, he started thinking about lifting the trophy.

“I believe I have what it takes to go all the way,” he said. “It’s the first time that this thought has crossed my mind. I have a strong belief in myself. Based on my past performances, it will be difficult to stop me. It all depends on how Luke Littler and Rob Cross perform tomorrow evening.”

Despite the shockingly impressive 100-plus averages and the unparalleled level of interest generated by his rise in this niche sport, Littler remains modest and respectful. When asked if he is currently the best player in the world, he replied, “Not a chance, you’ve still got MVG [Michael van Gerwen] and Luke [Humphries].”

However, he is fully aware of his own abilities and reminds us that his performances in this tournament have already earned him a spot in the world’s Top 50. If he beats Cross, he will climb into the Top 30; if he wins the final, he will reach the Top 10.

All of this has led to intense speculation about what the future holds for this sport’s newest sensation. With every victory, the possibility of a highly lucrative invitation to the elite eight-player Premier League becomes more and more likely, despite the risk of burnout.

“I’m not expecting it,” Littler said. “This is my first major tournament, and there are other professionals who deserve it more than me. I’ve seen the grueling schedule of the Premier League. Pro Tours on Monday and Tuesday, Euro Tour qualifiers on Wednesday, Premier League on Thursday. I believe the PDC will keep me out of it. It would be too demanding.”

He cautiously agreed with Gary Anderson’s controversial comments last week, where Anderson claimed that the excessive media attention on Littler was “ruining” him, and urged the media to “let him play.” “Yeah, please, if you can,” Littler said. “I don’t mind the media, but it can become overwhelming at times.”

Cross, Littler’s opponent in Tuesday’s semi-final, openly acknowledged his expectations of his young rival. “Realistically, he’s the favorite,” Cross admitted after an unbelievable comeback victory in the afternoon session, where he overcame a 4-0 deficit to defeat Chris Dobey 5-4. “Luke is incredible. No matter what he accomplishes, he has a promising future. He’s a breath of fresh air. He’s exceptional, and I’ll have to bring my best to compete against him.”

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