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The best of the action from the fifth night of the Coventry World Grand Prix.

The best of the action from the fifth night of the Coventry World Grand Prix.

Simon Whitlock and Dirk van Duijvenbode will meet in an unlikely World Grand Prix semi-final on Sunday after the duo send Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson to Coventry to pack their bags.

A tournament that saw six of the eight seeds beaten in the first round had its biggest surprises on Saturday night as Van Duijvenbode, a 28-year-old eggplant farmer and world No.73, stunned Anderson, only for No.1 1 world and five times champion Van Gerwen to follow him just over an hour later.

The other semi will see Gerwyn Price take on two-time runner-up Dave Chisnall – the Ice Man the only seed left after avoiding the same fate as Van Gerwen in the night’s final game against Jeffrey de Zwaan.

World Grand Prix – Results of the quarter-finals on Saturday

Dirk van Duijvenbode 3-1 Gary Anderson
Joe Cullen 2-3 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 0-3 Simon Whitlock
Gerwyn Price 3-1 Jeffrey de Zwaan

Van Gerwen stunned by the brilliant Whitlock

Simon Whitlock produced an almost perfect display to end Michael van Gerwen’s two-year reign as World Grand Prix champion and keep his own title hopes alive just days after being added to the tournament.

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Simon Whitlock, who was called up as a late replacement for the World Grand Prix, overtook defending champion Michael van Gerwen to reach the semi-finals.

Simon Whitlock, who was called up as a late replacement for the World Grand Prix, overtook defending champion Michael van Gerwen to reach the semi-finals.

Whitlock was a late alternative after Adrian Lewis tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, and he was at his best, scoring 107 and 100 spots on the way to an unlikely semi-final showdown with Dirk van Duijvenbode.

The Wizard challenged Van Gerwen’s 108 average to win the first set, a pitch break in the second leg thanks to an elegant 107 finish proving decisive for the Aussie, who activated the afterburner to win the second set.

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Simon Whitlock hit back-to-back highs to win the second-set first leg against Michael van Gerwen in the World Grand Prix quarter-final

Simon Whitlock hit back-to-back highs to win the second-set first leg against Michael van Gerwen in their World Grand Prix quarter-final

Whitlock won all three rounds, including a brilliant top-top finish, on his way to a two-set advantage and Van Gerwen had to catch up.

The Dutchman had no response to Whitlock’s score and finish, and although Van Gerwen’s misery in the outside ring continued, Whitlock was ruthless in sealing a second top-tier victory over MVG in the past three months. .

The Australian had beaten the world No.1 at World Matchplay in July with an 11-4 second round victory to end a 15-game losing streak against the Dutchman, and it was just as convincing on Saturday night.

Van Duijvenbode brings the dream to life

Dirk van Duijvenbode continued the week of his stinging life by stunning Anderson to enter his first televised semi-final and meeting Whitlock for a spot in Monday night’s final.

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Dirk van Duijvenbode believes beating two-time world champion Gary Anderson in the quarterfinal of the World Grand Prix was the biggest victory of his career

Dirk van Duijvenbode believes beating two-time world champion Gary Anderson in the quarterfinal of the World Grand Prix was the biggest victory of his career

‘The Titan’, which won its tour card for the third time at Q-School in January, proved too strong for Anderson with big scores and an impressive display of finishing ensuring Anderson the expectation of a World Grand Prix title.

Van Duijvenbode led the opening rallies in the biggest game of his career – a Class 96 finish put the seal on the opening set.

Led 2-0 in the third set and on the verge of defeat, Anderson rallied to force a decisive step where the Dutchman’s missed dart for the game was punished by the Scotsman, who pinned the double top.

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Van Duijvenbode could hardly believe it as he beat Anderson to seal a place in the last four

Van Duijvenbode could hardly believe it as he beat Anderson to seal a place in the last four

There was to be no comeback as Anderson, one leg from the loss, was aiming for the treble rather than the double to start the fourth leg and Van Duijvenbode pinned the double top to mop 54 and seal the victory.

Van Duijvenbode’s previous best performance in PDC was a semi-final at the Belgian Darts Championship earlier this year, but the victory guaranteed him at least £ 25,000 and keeps him in the search for a first PDC title.

World Grand Prix – Semi-finals Sunday

Simon Whitlock against Dirk van Duijvenbode
Dave Chisnall contre Gerwyn Price

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Iceman fit too good for De Zwaan

Prix ​​de Gerwyn assured that there will be at least one of the world’s best eight in the last four with a 3-1 victory over Jeffrey de Zwaan.

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Although he beat Jeffrey de Zwaan to reach the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix, Gerwyn Price was disappointed with his performance.

Although he beat Jeffrey de Zwaan to reach the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix, Gerwyn Price was disappointed with his performance.

The Iceman never made it past the quarter-finals in that event, but he did so by leading his game with the Dutchman, also a late alternative after Stephen Bunting tested positive for coronavirus, right off the bat.

Price won the first four stages of the match as De Zwaan struggled to get started, but the Black Cobra stopped the rot and forced the second set to become decisive.

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Gerwyn Price beat Jeffrey de Zwaan to reach the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix.

Gerwyn Price beat Jeffrey de Zwaan to reach the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix.

With the winning post in sight, Price faltered for the first time and De Zwaan won the third set before the Welshman lived up to his world No.3 status.

Having won three of the last four tournaments to go, Price is the in-form player of the match and he’s won all three sets he needs to land another great semi-final – a spectacular 164 to get the job done.

Chisnall struggles to reach the bottom four

Dave Chisnall survived a game littered with missed doubles to beat Joe Cullen in a final leg tie-breaker and advance to the semi-finals for the fourth time in the past eight years.

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Dave Chisnall won three huge finishes and despite a host of missed doubles darts, fought for a place in the semi-finals

Dave Chisnall won three huge finishes and despite a host of missed doubles darts, fought for a place in the semi-finals

The pair missed 55 double darts between them, Chizzy responsible for 33, but in the end, Chisnall’s 2-0 fight for the second game in a row saw him in the final four.

Despite a quick start from Chisnall, which included a brilliant 150 finish to start the contest, it was Cullen who took the lead – but only after Chizzy, beaten by Van Gerwen in last year’s final, missed nine darts. to take the first set. .

A brilliant 120 from Cullen continued the momentum, but as the second set also went the distance, Chisnall remarkably missed five more darts. Cullen missed six, but he pinned a double of seven to double his lead.

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Dave Chisnall thinks he deserved to beat Joe Cullen to reach the semi-finals of the World Grand Prix, although he had to fight 2-0 to win 3-2

Dave Chisnall thinks he deserved to beat Joe Cullen to reach the World Grand Prix semi-finals, although he had to fight 2-0 to win 3-2

Chizzy got back into the game, sweeping the next three innings for the third set with 150 more finishes, the climax before passing a loaded fourth set with a sizzling finish of 155 for a level contest.

Cullen hit back 2-0 in the decider, but it was Chisnall who crossed the line, rightly in a contest full of missed chances he saw three match darts go begging before pinning the winning double .

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