Ruthless Peter Wright and super Mensur Suljovic reach World Matchplay Semi-Finals

Wright brushes aside Whitlock (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Peter Wright produced a spellbinding display of finishing to thrash Simon Whitlock 16-5 for a place in the 2018 World Matchplay Semi-Finals, while Mensur Suljovic dispatched Darren Webster at the Winter Gardens.

World number two Wright was in clinical mood as he landed 76 per cent on the doubles - winning his final 11 legs without missing an attempt.

Wright took control of the tie early on and never allowed Whitlock to gain a foothold as the 2017 runner-up moved a step closer to lifting the Phil Taylor Trophy.

"I wasn't really feeling it tonight until just before I went on stage and then I got my focus," said Wright.

"I wanted a lot more tonight but I was struggling a bit in the heat which affected my darts. I've been practicing my finishing a lot so it was pleasing to be so accurate on my doubles.

"Simon is always capable of running off a number of legs so I had to keep my concentration to stay in front and keep him under as much pressure as I could.

"The main thing was I got the win but I will have to be better to win the tournament."

Wright took command early on, blowing a below-par Whitlock away as he raced into a 5-0 lead, and then continued his dominance to lead 8-2 at the second break.

Whitlock replied with showpiece 132 checkout of bull, bull, double 16 to keep the tie alive at 15-5, but the result was never in doubt for a ruthless Wright.

The Scottish ace rounded off a magnificent performance with an 82 finish on the bullseye to seal the biggest quarter-final winning margin since 2011.

Suljovic booked his place in a first BetVictor World Matchplay Semi-Final courtesy of an impressive 16-10 defeat of Webster.

Suljovic surpassed his run to the Last Eight in 2015 and 2017 thanks to a strong display across the board in which he averaged 98, hit nine 180s and 57 per cent on the doubles.

The Austrian ace raced into a 3-0 lead with a trio of legs on his favourite double 14 before Webster opened his account in style with a brilliant 136 checkout.

Suljovic took out 90 to regain a three-leg cushion, but only for Webster to reel off four consecutive legs with a 100 finish along the way to hit the front.

The Champions League of Darts winner hit back to clinch four of the next five legs for an 8-6 advantage and led 9-7 before Webster fired in a terrific 138 checkout to break back.

Suljovic then cleaned up 81 on the way to a 12-9 lead, and after Webster took out 116, 'The Gentle' countered with a 122 checkout in leg 23.

Two missed darts at doubles proved costly for Webster in the following leg as Suljovic moved further clear before registering an 11-darter and a 13-darter in successive legs to clinch victory.

"It's a good feeling and I'm so happy," said Suljovic.

"My game wasn't the best today but I never gave up. Darren is such a good player and it was a very hard match.

"I promised my son a new pair of trainers if I won so he was going crazy!" He added.

BetVictor World Matchplay 2018 Results


Friday July 27

Quarter-Finals

Mensur Suljovic 16-10 Darren Webster
Peter Wright 16-5 Simon Whitlock



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Ruthless Peter Wright and super Mensur Suljovic reach World Matchplay Semi-Finals

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