Mensur Suljovic continued his rampant form in 2017 defeating Peter Wright 3-1 after being a set down. ‘The Gentle’ is aiming to win two TV titles in a row after his Champions League triumph last month and will play Simon Whitlock in the semi-finals who brushed past Benito van de Pas.
Wright missed 3 at double ten and Mensur replied by hitting a 122 finishing on the bull to lead 1-0 and break. Mensur missed his favourite double 14 for another ton plus and Wright couldn’t punish so Mensur came back to lead 2-0.
Mensur was first down to a finish but some great setting up from Snakebite grabbed him his first leg in the match. Suljovic missed 4 set darts and Wright finally finished off to send it to a decider in the first set.
Mensur missed 8 set darts and Wright stole the set hitting D20 for 3-2 after Mensur was 2-0 up.
Suljovic came back from the break to hold his throw but once again missed more darts and was put under pressure despite hitting two 180’s. He went two up in the second set after more missed darts from both players.
‘The Gentle’ levelled up at 1-1 in sets with a beautiful 99 checkout finished off with two double tops. He started set 3 with a 68 finish on his favourite D14.
He got his fifth leg on the spin with a 97 finish on D20 which he was missing constantly earlier. He followed that up by winning his 2nd set with a great 135 checkout (Bull, T19, D14).
From the break, he took out a 60 to hold and go 2 away from the semi-finals. Another leg followed and another on double ten with a 56 checkout to go 1 away.
Suljovic couldn’t get off for 6 darts which allowed Wright to break and get back into the match. Wright took D8 to hold and mean Mensur would have to wrap it up in a decider.
And he did after looking out of it, Mensur smashed in a 141 checkout using T15 and D18 to complete it and win 3-1 against Snakebite.


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Author: Samuel Gill