Home hero Max Hopp stuns Peter Wright at the German Darts Open

German ace Hopp celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Max Hopp continued his outstanding run of form with a 6-4 victory over defending German Open champion Peter Wright in Saarbrücken on Saturday as Rob Cross recorded an emphatic whitewash win.

Germany's top ranked star thrilled a packed crowd at the Saarlandhalle by claiming a first ever win over 'Snakebite' - who had finished runner-up in the first two European Tour events of the year.

Hopp followed on from his First Round rout of Zoran Lerchbacher, in which he dropped just one leg and averaged 99.5, as he recovered from 4-2 down with four straight legs to stun the Scot.

"It wasn't my best season last year but I'm so glad that I'm back and I'm mentally stronger than I ever was," admitted an emotional Hopp, who will now face Benito van de Pas in Sunday's Last 16.

Van de Pas, last year's German Open runner-up, had earlier come from 4-0 down and survived seven match darts to snatch a deciding leg victory over Paul Nicholson.

Van de Pas was punished for a series of missed doubles in the early stages of the contest, but roles were reversed in the latter stages as Nicholson fluffed his lines and allowed the Dutchman an unexpected reprieve.

Elsewhere, Mervyn King ended James Wade's hopes of reaching a third consecutive European Tour final as he recorded an impressive 6-3 victory, punishing seven missed darts at doubles from the left-hander.

World Champion Rob Cross launched his latest pursuit of a maiden European Tour crown with a 6-0 drubbing of Dimitri van den Bergh in which he averaged 103.66 and restricted the Belgian to no darts at doubles in the entire contest.

Michael van Gerwen kick-started his quest for a hat-trick of Euro Tour triumphs in 2018 by brushing aside Dutch compatriot Danny Noppert 6-1.

Van Gerwen landed a crushing 164 checkout and his six of his ten attempts at doubles as he extended his unbeaten run on the European Tour to 19 matches.

Premier League star Daryl Gurney powered past Host Nation qualifier Rene Eidams for the loss of just one leg, while Dave Chisnall whitewashed Spain's Jose Justicia with a blistering 108.6 average.

Gerwyn Price moved through to the Third Round after a 6-4 defeat of former world finalist Kirk Shepherd, as recent ProTour event winner Ian White saw off Cameron Menzies 6-3 despite an average of just 83.67.

Darren Webster produced a superb display as he averaged 103.4 in a 6-2 win over Steve West - who recorded a 101 average in a losing cause.

Alan Tabern reached the final day of a European Tour event for the second time this year courtesy of a 6-2 scalp of Steve Beaton, while former Euro Tour finalist Jelle Klaasen thrashed debutant Maik Kuivenhoven 6-1.

Michael Smith landed four 180s as he fended off the challenge of in-form Irishman Steve Lennon to wrap up a 6-4 victory despite a 130 checkout from his opponent.

Joe Cullen held his nerve with an 83 finish for a 14-darter in the deciding leg to edge out Luke Humphries in a contest which saw both players land four maximums.

Mensur Suljovic seized upon nine missed darts at doubles from an erratic Jermaine Wattimena as he clinched a comfortable 6-2 win with a steady 94.8 average.

German Darts Open 2018 Results


Saturday April 14

Second Round

Afternoon Session
Darren Webster 6-2 Steve West
Ian White 6-3 Cameron Menzies
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Kirk Shepherd
Jelle Klaasen 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Steve Beaton 2-6 Alan Tabern
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Jose Justicia
Michael Smith 6-4 Steve Lennon
 
Evening Session
Mervyn King 6-3 James Wade
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Rene Eidams
Benito van de Pas 6-5 Paul Nicholson
Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Danny Noppert
Peter Wright 4-6 Max Hopp
Joe Cullen 6-5 Luke Humphries
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Jermaine Wattimena
Rob Cross 6-0 Dimitri van den Bergh



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