Glen Durrant just avoided another upset by Jermaine Wattimena at the World Grand Prix. The three-time Lakeside champion reached the semi-finals in Dublin after a 3-2 victory over the Dutchman.
Wattimena played his very first major quarter-final. After beating Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright he faced another world class player. But the world number nineteen showed no awe and won the first set 3-0.
The interruption broke the momentum of Wattimena and Durrant won the second set 3-0. In the third set, the Dutch player was close to win the set, but he gave away a 2-1 lead. The set went to Duzza with two 19-dart legs.
Wattimena refused to give up and showed his class in the fourth set as he produced two ton plus finishes (107 and 110) to force a set decider. He came ahead in the fifth set, but Durrant took over the lead with a 116 checkout and a 14-darter. The former BDO number one then hit a 92 finish to seal his place in the semi-finals.
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World Grand Prix 2019 schedule
Thursday October 10
Ian White (76.99) 2-3 (90.13) Chris Dobey (0-3, 3-1, 3-0, 1-3, 0-3)
Dave Chisnall (90.00) 3-1 (93.26) Nathan Aspinall (3-2, 3-1, 2-3, 3-1)
Michael van Gerwen (94.64) 3-1 (87.74) Mervyn King (3-2. 1-3, 3-1, 3-2)
Glen Durrant (85.42) 3-2 (83.60) Jermaine Wattimena (0-3, 3-0, 3-2, 1-3, 3-1)
Tags: Glen Durrant, Jermaine Wattimena, World Grand Prix 2019
GLEN DURRANT IS INTO THE SEMI-FINALS!!
He was a World Matchplay Semi-Finalist and now he's a World Grand Prix Semi-Finalist!
He defeats Jermaine Wattimena 3-2 in an incredibly tense affair… pic.twitter.com/RFq1BNgbxL
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) October 10, 2019