Ratajski moves into maiden PDC major semi-final at World Matchplay with victory over Rydz

Krzysztof Ratajski is into his maiden major PDC semi-final breaking new ground after a 16-8 victory at the 2021 World Matchplay over Callan Rydz.

It was a comprehensive display for 'The Polish Eagle' who finally gets over the Quarter-Final hurdle pinning a 97.3 average and nine 180's en route.

Ratajski to begin the tie missed the opportunity for an early break of throw and Rydz held from there but this proved a mere blip early on for 'The Polish Eagle' who claimed three consecutive legs for a 3-1 lead.

At the first break though, it sat at 3-2 with Rydz reducing the deficit to just one leg but again Ratajski went on a roll hitting a third 180 and 116 checkout to move 4-2 ahead before breaking throw and holding to make it 6-2.

At the next interval, Ratajski was 7-3 up but could have been 8-2 had it not been for missed doubles that handed Rydz a mini reprieve.

It was another dominant mini session that followed though for Ratajski who was at 8-5 only to regain full control with a 105 checkout and follow that up by making it 10-5.

He held from there and broke again to make it 12-5 but Rydz offered resistence again with a 13-darter on double 20 to make it 12-6.

But he couldn't consolidate and Ratajski pinned double eight to make it 13-6. After the next interval, Ratajski went two legs away at 14-7 up with an 11-darter in the form of an 81 checkout.

A stunning 141 checkout saw Ratajski go one away. A 180 was hit by Ratajski with Rydz waiting on 58 from a 171 which he got a chance at with 'The Riot' holding to make it 15-8.

Ratajski set up 68 for the win from 164 with Rydz leaving 148 after a poor visit. The former though missed a match dart but was back for double eight which he pinned for the victory.

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