Monday, 4 May 2020

TA Pro Tour Finals, round 3

Let's get down to the quarter finals:


Michael van GerwenLegJonny Clayton
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It wasn't going to be another upset for Clayton, as van Gerwen got a very early break and was able to maintain that cushion throughout the entirety of the match, the Ferret never being able to close the gap down to one leg at any time, with a lot of the big guns already having fallen, avoiding what was a potential banana skin will strongly increase van Gerwen's chances of winning the title.

Kim HuybrechtsLegDanny Noppert
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It'll be an all-Dutch quarter final and a repeat of the World Series finals, as Danny Noppert won a surprisingly one sided match against Kim Huybrechts, the Belgian won the opening leg but by the time he got another, Noppie had put seven on the board and the match was over as a contest, Danny getting four breaks of the Huybrechts throw throughout the match.

Seigo AsadaLegDaryl Gurney
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The only invitee to have made it to the last sixteen falls at that stage, but not without a fight as Daryl Gurney was made to work for his quarter final spot. Asada had a dream opening session, and when Daryl was threatening to counter in kind, grabbed a second break right before the midway interval. That'd be about as good as it got for Seigo, he held for 7-4, but a five leg burst including breaks to get it back on throw and then get the advantage was enough for Gurney to move on.

Mensur SuljovicLegRob Cross
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And that quarter final will be a repeat of last season's classic Matchplay semi final, as Rob Cross easily took care of Mensur Suljovic to move through to the last eight. Cross threatened to completely run away with the game, taking the opening six legs, while a quick burst in the second session from Mensur to half the deficit was only a brief interruption, Cross closing out a 10-3 win.

James WadeLegPeter Wright
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We get our first big upset of the last sixteen, as the current world champ is out, losing to an inspired James Wade, the size of victory probably being the most remarkable thing as you'd have expected if Wright did lose this, it'd at least have been close... still, Wade got one early break, then a key second break just before the midway point of the match, Wright got one break straight back in the final session but couldn't add to his tally of legs as his campaign ended here.

Max HoppLegDimitri van den Bergh
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A run of oddly one sided matches continues, as the young German ace took care of the twice world youth champ in double quick time, Hopp not allowing Dimitri any chance as he gave up just the two legs to equal the most one-sided game we've had to date. It's only a sim, but it is mirroring real life, sometimes Dimitri just has matches where he can't do anything right.

Simon WhitlockLegDevon Petersen
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Here's the complete opposite, a topsy turvy match with breaks everywhere which went the distance. It was looking good for Devon early, grabbing a 3-0 lead but only ending up at 5-5 at the second break, Whitlock looked to have the match in his grasp with one more break as he got to a 9-6 lead, only for the South African to force a decider - however the bull up proved to be critical as Whitlock held his throw to move into the quarter finals, the lowest seeded player to do so.

Gabriel ClemensLegDave Chisnall
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It's two from two, as we have another 10-9 win, this time it's the German who comes through, again with a hold in the decider, denying Dave Chisnall the strong possibility of another major final. This one had less breaks - it was looking decent enough for Chizzy early on, but Clemens got the key break to level at five, he got one more break to move a leg away, Dave broke straight back and held to force a final leg, but Gabriel held his nerve to move through to a game against Whitlock, we're two games away from having a guaranteed German in the final.

To summarise, the quarters are van Gerwen/Noppert, Gurney/Cross, Wade/Hopp and Whitlock/Clemens, I'll sim the final session tomorrow evening.

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