Tuesday 3 April 2018

Munich aftermath

The domination of Michael van Gerwen shows no signs of letting up, with last sixteen and quarter final wins for the loss of just one leg, and then not really being threaten by either Daryl Gurney or Peter Wright in the semi or the final respectively. Wright makes a second straight final, displaying a solid game throughout, while Wade continues his impressive early season form with another semi final, getting him back very close to the seeds for future events if he isn't there already, and all but locking up a place in Dortmund. Lower down, Hopp showed somewhat of a return to form with good wins over King and Suljovic, Keegan Brown had a good run to the quarters with some clutch wins, and Luke Humphries converted qualification into the last sixteen and had his chances against Rob Cross as well.

Updated FRH rankings:

1 Michael van Gerwen
2 Rob Cross
3 Peter Wright
4 Phil Taylor
5 Gary Anderson
6 Daryl Gurney
7 Mensur Suljovic
8 Simon Whitlock
9 Michael Smith
10 Dave Chisnall
11 Gerwyn Price
12 Ian White
13 Raymond van Barneveld
14 James Wade
15 Darren Webster
16 Alan Norris
17 Kim Huybrechts
18 Jelle Klaasen
19 Joe Cullen (UP 1)
20 Benito van de Pas (DOWN 1)

Elsewhere, Keegan Brown climbs to #38 following his quarter final appearance, Max Hopp isn't quite back in the top 60 but is less than £400 from doing so, and Sunday competitors Alan Tabern and Luke Humphries are both within five places of the top 100.

A solid weekend on the betting sees us claw back the small loss we had the previous weekend and still have enough left over to put a unit and a quarter in the plus column for the European Tour. We've now got a couple of Pro Tour events before we go with back to back European Tour events in Germany to close the month.

A couple of things I want to do at some point in the next couple of days - I want to look more closely into Wade's stats to see how much better he's actually playing in comparison to last year, and I might have some more general play with stats to see if there's anything interesting that I can show people. Any thoughts on what you want to see?

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