Things got a little spicy during Mensur Suljovic’s World Matchplay tie against Jermaine Wattimena.

Suljovic cruised to a 10-1 victory on Sunday night, with Wattimena averaging just 82. The 2018 World Matchplay runner-up cruised through the tie, but tempers flared throughout. At one stage, Wattimena stopped to sarcastically applaud his opponent for perceived slow play.

The Dutchman called Suljovic a “cheater” on Dutch television – but has since issued an apology for the comments.

At around the same time, the Gentle questioned Wattimena for his part in the spat.

“Jermaine is my friend. I think ‘is everything OK?’

“He had a problem with me, really – I don’t know what his problem was,” Suljovic said to Live Darts.

Suljovic mimed talking animatedly, and added: “It’s really not my problem, it’s his problem.”

Pieter Verbeek/PV-Darts

Photo: Pieter Verbeek/PV-Darts

Man vs Machine

Having got the Wattimena match out of the way, Suljovic will face James Wade in the second round. The Austrian has a lot of respect for the Machine, who beat Jeffrey de Zwaan in a sudden death leg.

“It’s a 50/50,” is how Suljovic assessed his chances.

“I thought he’d lost, 100 per cent, to Jeffrey de Zwaan. I come back – it’s finished. It’s brilliant.”

“James Wade is James Wade. In the last 20 years, he’s top ten.”

 

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Author: Ed McCosh