Mensur Suljovic Wins Players Championship 26

Mensur Suljovic Wins Players Championship 26

Mensur Suljovic Players Championship

In an otherwise quiet week, The Gentle Mensur Suljovic saw off Ian ‘Diamond’ White in the final of the latest Players Championship event, which took place in Barnsley at the weekend. He did so in spite of White checking out for a nine darter to take the match to 5-5.

Suljovic averaged 97 in the final and gradually took control of the match before sealing the event with a 109 checkout in the deciding leg, giving the Austrian Darts Championship winner his second tournament of the season.

Earlier on in the afternoon, Rob Cross also scored a nine darter, but the day’s standout performance came when Suljovic took on Glen Durrant in the fourth round. Winning 6-2 while averaging a stunning 112.6, The Gentle moved on to Cristo Reyes in the quarter-finals and Jonny Clayton, where he completed a 102.3 average during his 7-5 semi-final triumph.

Saturday’s Players Championship went the way of Daryl Gurney, who finally nailed his first title of the year. He defeated Nathan Aspinall 8-5 in the final and had previously seen off the likes of Michael Smith and Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright.

Gibraltar Darts Trophy Betting Tips

Up next for our heroes is the Gibraltar Darts Trophy, which is the 13th of 13 2019 European Tour events and runs from Friday September 27 through Sunday 29.

Friday’s first-round features the 32 qualifiers competing across two sessions at the Victoria Stadium, with a high-quality field including some former European Tour winners, while the big boys join in the action when we reach the last 32.

Michael van Gerwen returns to action having sat out the past fortnight to go on a family holiday, but he wasn’t about to miss his annual victorious trip to the rock. This, after all, is a competition Mighty Mike has won in 2015, 2016 and 2018. At the time of writing, Mighty Mike is available at a best price of 11/8 through Betway.

As ever, Rob Cross, 9/1, and Peter Wright, 10’s, are considered the next most likely victors, but neither win enough to really justify wasting your money on week in week out. Cue Cross win.

On that note, don’t rule out Ian White, who came runner up last week. Diamond has taken down two European Tour events so far already this season while making the final in another two. He has also been served the good fortune of avoiding van Gerwen’s side of the draw and so he cannot meet MVG until the final.

Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith, who shouldn’t be discounted himself, provides the main threat on that side of the draw and the pair could meet head-on in Sunday’s third round. Smith is in lousy form, though, and is priced at 16/1. White, on the other hand, looks like good value at the same price, especially with each-way terms being ½ of the odds. Last week’s champion, Mensur Suljovic can be picked up for 20’s. Others in the field are available.

Gibraltar Darts Trophy Schedule of Play

Friday September 27

  • Wessel Nijman v Darren Webster
  • Krzysztof Kciuk v Kirk Shepherd
  • Ryan Joyce v Matt Clark
  • Cor Dekker v HNQ3
  • Ryan Meikle v Paul Rowley
  • Justin Pipe v Kim Huybrechts
  • Carl Wilkinson v HNQ4
  • Steve Beaton v Tony Newell
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan v Steve West
  • William O’Connor v Chris Dobey
  • Keegan Brown v Danny Noppert
  • HNQ2 v Michael Rosenauer
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Scott Taylor
  • Darius Labanauskas v Jose De Sousa
  • Robert Thornton v HNQ1
  • Ritchie Edhouse v Jamie Hughes

Saturday, September 28

Second Round

  • Nathan Aspinall v Joyce/Clark
  • James Wade v Meikle/Rowley
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Beaton/Newell
  • Jonny Clayton v Pipe/Huybrechts
  • Rob Cross v Kciuk/Shepherd
  • Daryl Gurney v Wilkinson/HNQ4
  • Dave Chisnall v De Zwaan/West
  • Michael Smith v Brown/Noppert
  • Ian White v HNQ2/Rosenauer
  • Jermaine Wattimena v Van den Bergh/Taylor
  • Mensur Suljovic v Nijman/Webster
  • Michael van Gerwen v Labanauskas/De Sousa
  • Peter Wright v Dekker/HNQ3
  • Joe Cullen v Edhouse/Hughes
  • Glen Durrant v O’Connor/Dobey
  • Gerwyn Price v Thornton/HNQ1

Sunday, September 29

  • Third Round
  • Evening Session (1915 local time, 1815 BST)
  • Quarter-Finals
  • Semi-Finals
  • Final

GLANCE AT GIBRALTAR DARTS TROPHY

Venue: Victoria Stadium
Dates: Thursday 27.09.2019 – 29.09.2019
Format: Best of 11, 13 and 15 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: PDC TV
When To Watch: 1200 BST, 1800 BST

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Local Hero Mensur Suljovic Wins In Austria

Local Hero Mensur Suljovic Wins In Austria

Mensur Suljovic Austria

The Gentle Mensur Suljovic returned to his homeland last weekend where he scooped the Austrian Darts Championship in Vienna after he beat Michael van Gerwen 8-7 in Sunday’s final at the Multiversum Schwechat.

The title is actually his first won in his home city and his third PDC European Tour title overall. He nearly disappointed his home crowd again, however, as his victory required an unlikely dramatic comeback from 6-3 down against the world number one.

Suljovic overcomes deficit

Going into the weekend, MVG was the hot favourite to win his third PDC title in succession and 13th match victory in a row, after taking down back-to-back World Series events in Melbourne and New Zealand. All the more so after surging into an early 2-0 lead.

By leg six though, Suljovic had leveled things at 3-3 after taking full advantage of three missed Mighty Mike doubles. The closing of the gap however only served to anger MVG into life and he duly took the next three to move 6-3 up.

But then the world champion wobbled, missing four doubles in the tenth leg when it was Suljovic’s turn to take advantage. The Gentle pulled the game back level again after he cleared 121 and 86 to the delight of his Vienna support.

There was still time for MVG to go ahead once more, capitalising on a Suljovic miss at double 15 that would have completed a 150 checkout. Instead, Mighty Mike cleared up before Suljovic took the game to a decider by holding throw in leg 14.

Even then, in the final leg MVG hit a timely 180 to make it to a finish only to miss bull leaving Suljovic a chance on his return. The Gentle rounded off a memorable weekend back home after he checked out 70 on his favoured double 14 to lift the trophy and become only the sixth player to win three or more European Tour titles.

Suljovic had earlier in the weekend enjoyed wins over James Wilson, Ian White and Vincent van der Voort to move into the final, while van Gerwen racked up the scalps of Kyle Anderson, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Ricky Evans and Peter Wright respectively to reach the final.

European Darts Matchplay Betting Tips

Play now moves on to the European Darts Matchplay in Mannheim, the eleventh of thirteen events on the European Tour calendar. The action gets underway on Friday, September 6 at around 1200 GMT.

Last year’s tourney provided another win for Michael van Gerwen who defeated William O’Connor in the final and he is, of course, back to defend his title this weekend coming and is the 5/4 favourite with bookmakers Betway to do exactly that.

Rob Cross, James Wade and Glen Durrant will all return to European Tour action having sat things out in Vienna. Cross takes his place as the third favourite at 8/1, while Wade and Duzza are priced at 22/1 and 25/1 respectively.

Other UK Qualifiers include Jamie Hughes (50/1), Mark McGeeney (125/1), Simon Whitlock (66/1) and Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith (18/1), while Jeffrey de Zwaan (40/1) and Max Hopp (66/1) will line up as the European Qualifiers.

Other names to look out for include second favourite Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright who is fancied as a 7/1 shot, Gerwyn Price 20/1, Daryl Gurney 20/1, Ian White 18/1 and the week’s hero Mensur Suljovic who is listed as 20/1. Dave Chisnall (25/2), Adrian Lewis (50/1) and Nathan Aspinall (22/1) will also be taking part in Germany.

QUICK GLANCE AT EUROPEAN DARTS MATCHPLAY

Venue: Maimarkthalle, Mannheim
Dates: Friday 06.09.2019
Format: Best of 11- 15 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: PDC TV
When To Watch: (1200 & 1600 BST)

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Mensur Suljovic Defeats Simon Whitlock In Danish Darts Open Final

Mensur Suljovic Defeats Simon Whitlock In Danish Darts Open Final

Mensur Suljovic wins Danish Darts Open

The Big Gentle, aka Mensur Suljovic, claimed his first European Tour title of the season as he beat Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock in the final of the Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen’s Brondbyhallen last Sunday.

This was the inaugural event in Denmark, where the Austrian and the Australian went head-to-head. Suljovic, currently the reigning Champions League of Darts champion, saw out an 8-3 win for his fifth career PDC event and second European Tour trophy.

For Whitlock, it was his first European Tour final in four years as he looks to improve his game ahead of the second half of the season. Unfortunately for The Wizard, his magic was as scarce as his luck, leaving Suljovic to average almost 100 across all three of his Sunday games including the final.

Earlier on in the weekend, Mensur had no problem getting past Ryan Joyce 6-1 in Saturday’s second round. He followed that victory by putting together a narrow 6-5 win over Darren Webster to reach the weekend’s final session where Peter Wright was waiting. Snakebite offered no threat and the Austrian ace fought his way to a 6-4 win before coming out on top in a 7-6 thriller against Adrian Lewis to make the final.

For Whitlock, this was his first European Tour title shot since 2012 and he got there by beating the in-form Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena 6-3, before holding off the challenge of Ricky Evans to win 6-5 and qualify for the quarterfinals. Once there, the Aussie saw off Mervyn King 6-4 before crashing Steve West out in a 7-4 score line to set up the final with Suljovic, which was both players their first ranking final of the year.

The PDC European Tour continues from Friday the 29th through to July 1, with the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg, Germany. While coverage will be available online at PDCTV-HD, online bookmakers Betway are yet to produce a book on the event.

2018 tournament results so far

  • PDC World Championship 2018 Final: Rob Cross 7-2 Phil Taylor
  • The Masters (PDC Major) Final: Michael van Gerwen 11-9 Raymond van Barneveld
  • Premier League Darts (PDC Major) Final: Michael van Gerwen 11-4 Michael Smith
  • UK Open Finals (PDC Major) Final: Gary Anderson 11-7 Corey Cadby
  • European Darts Open (European Tour) Final: Michael van Gerwen 8-7 Peter Wright
  • German Darts Grand Prix (European Tour) Final: Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Peter Wright
  • German Darts Open (European Tour) Final: Max Hopp 8-7 Michael Smith
  • Austrian Darts Open (European Tour) Final: Jonny Clayton 8-5 Gerwyn Price
  • European Darts Grand Prix (European Tour) Final: Michael van Gerwen 8-3 James Wade
  • Dutch Darts Masters (European Tour) Final: Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Steve Lennon
  • German Darts Masters (WSD Event) Final: Mensur Suljovic 8-2 Dimitri van den Bergh
  • World Cup of Darts Final: Netherlands 3-1 Scotland
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