Maximum man Gary Anderson defeats Jeffrey De Zwaan as Suljovic stuns Wright to reach World Matchplay final

Anderson acknowledges the efforts of De Zwaan (credit:Chris Dean/PDC)

Gary Anderson produced a blistering scoring display to end the debut run of Jeffrey De Zwaan and reach his first World Matchplay final, while Mensur Suljovic also broke new ground in Blackpool after defeating Peter Wright.

Anderson landed sixteen 180s and averaged 106 - his highest ever average in the BetVictor World Matchplay - as he crushed the Dutchman's dream of Winter Gardens glory.

The two-time World Champion recovered from an early blip on the doubles which saw him miss ten attempts in the first five legs as he came from 3-2 down to lead 5-3.

De Zwaan took the next three legs with a high finish of 100 to edge back ahead before Anderson took out 87 to level at six apiece.

A 70 finish from De Zwaan was countered by a clinical ten-darter from the Scot - who went on to clinch the following two legs before 'The Black Cobra' hit back with a magnificent 140 checkout.

A formidable burst from Anderson saw him reel off five of the next six legs with a 152 checkout to boot to storm 14-9 clear, and despite De Zwaan stopping the rot, Anderson responded with a 112 checkout to lead 15-10.

Anderson added a further two maximums and cleaned up 100 to go to the hill, and though De Zwaan rallied with back-to-back legs, The Flying Scotsman landed double five for a 14-darter to seal the deal.

"It was good performance and it had to be to beat Jeffrey - he has a great attitude and he is a very good dart player," said Anderson.

"We kept following each other's 180s, I knew it was going to be a hard game and I started to get a bit nervous at the end.

"I'm happy with the way I played. The 180s were good but my finishing was a bit iffy at times. It's going well with my new darts and I love them."

Anderson lost out to Suljovic in the Champions League of Darts final last September, but believes that he can overcome the tricky Austrian in Sunday's decider.

"I love Mensur to bits and he's a gentleman, but I hate playing him!" admitted Anderson. "Jeffrey's style suits me but I've been fighting hard in the last few weeks and I feel I can win whether I play fast or slow.

"I'm just going to get on with it. I think we will see a different Mensur tomorrow - I've got a different head on than when I used to play him so we'll see what happens."

Suljovic booked his spot in the final with a 17-13 defeat of 2017 finalist Wright to continue his bid to win The Phil Taylor Trophy and the £115,000 top prize.

Wright had been in sensational form during Friday's quarter-final victory against Simon Whitlock, but was unable to repeat the performance - particularly on his doubles after missing 22 shots during the tie.

A see-saw opening saw Wright lead 3-1 before Suljovic took out 87 - for an 11-darter - and 70 to move himself ahead.

A 136 checkout from Wright levelled, and after Suljovic secured an 8-5 cushion the Scot pulled back to level after 20 legs.

Suljovic, though, broke on double 12 and then powered in a 151 checkout as he pulled clear with four successive legs before maintaining the advantage, despite a 13-darter from Wright, to book his spot in the final.

"I am so happy to win this match," said Suljovic, the reigning Champions League of Darts and German Darts Masters winner.

"I didn't think I would win - I was very nervous but I didn't tell anyone. I have already reached my goal, anything else is a bonus but I will give it 100%.

"Thank you to the fans, the crowd was brilliant saying 'come on Mensur' – they helped me win this game," he added.

BetVictor World Matchplay 2018 Results


Saturday July 28

Semi-Finals

Mensur Suljovic 17-13 Peter Wright
Gary Anderson 17-12 Jeffrey De Zwaan



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Maximum man Gary Anderson defeats Jeffrey De Zwaan as Suljovic stuns Wright to reach World Matchplay final

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