The Danish Darts Open is set to conclude this evening with a lot of big names still involved in the reckoning in Copenhagen.
Proceedings start off with Gerwyn Price taking on Joe Cullen. Price was impressive in his Last 16 clash with Stephen Bunting where he claimed a crushing 6-2 victory and after some time away from the oche just before the World Cup disappointment for Wales, he could be back with style.
‘The Rockstar’ though despite never winning a European Tour title is known as quite formidable in this format and he impressed earlier as well edging out Peter Wright; who has been showing signs of getting back into some form himself. It will likely be a close Quarter-Final match-up to start proceedings off.
An all unseeded match up follows this with Chris Dobey and Jose de Sousa set to face off. Dobey moved through to this stage with a comfortable win over Kirk Shepherd despite his doubles not being as impressive; but if he can arrest that, he will be in with a real chance tonight.
His opponent though has been somewhat the star of the weekend; the Portuguese ace has impressed in patches this year but slayed Daryl Gurney in the Last 16 with ease in an excellent display (a miscount and a few missed doubles to finish it off aside). As a result, this one should be interesting and there is a big chance awaiting the winner.
Jonny Clayton and Simon Whitlock follow that in the other half of the draw. Clayton was clinical in dispatching James Wade as he aims to get his form back on track after being derailed slightly after his latest Players Championship win earlier in the year; can he add a second European Tour title?
Whitlock though has had a somewhat poor year after missing out on Premier League selection; but was impressive himself in seeing off Adrian Lewis and some form shown in the World Cup of Darts seems to have done him some good. Expect a close tie between these two in Copenhagen.
Finally Dave Chisnall will face off against Jermaine Wattimena. ‘Chizzy’ came through a thrilling tie with Mensur Suljovic where he showed real resilience being pegged back and surviving match darts; but showed his scoring power in patches and this should be a fast and frenetic tie.
Wattimena himself saw off the in-form player on the European Tour, Ian White who had an 11 match unbeaten streak in these events and like Whitlock seems to be picking up form from the World Cup. This one like always is the case will come down to which player can hit the most high scores as for both it is so instrumental to their game; as a result it is really hard to call.
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Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
18:15 Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen
18:45 Chris Dobey v Jose de Sousa
19:15 Jonny Clayton v Simon Whitlock
19:45 Dave Chisnall v Jermaine Wattimena
Price/Cullen v Dobey/De Sousa
Clayton/Whitlock v Chisnall/Wattimena
Tags: Danish Darts Open 2019
Some big names were sent sprawling in the Last 16 of the Danish Darts Open this afternoon.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) June 16, 2019
Author: Samuel Gill