Devon Petersen produced a spectacular comeback from 5-1 down to deny Gerwyn Price in a last-leg decider in Round Two…
Devon Petersen produced a spectacular comeback from 5-1 down to deny Gerwyn Price in a last-leg decider in Round Two of the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Saturday.
Petersen squandered four match darts in the final of an Autumn Series event against Price less than a fortnight ago but gained revenge in style with a stunning fightback.
The South African star fired in eight 180s and averaged 102.6 as he reeled off five consecutive legs to bring Price’s 17-game unbeaten run to an end.
“Gerwyn is a phenomenal player, we saw him win the World Series last week and he’s box office,” said Petersen.
“Today I thought it should be the day where we go face-to-face. Luckily for me we got to five-all, and I had that opportunity to finish him off.
“It’s been hard work behind the scenes. Lock-down means we’ve had more time practising, there’s loads of people who’ve influenced my game and this is the polished version – but I don’t even feel like I’m there yet.”
Price produced checkouts of 110, 140 and 116 as he opened up a 5-1 lead, only for Petersen to respond with legs of 14, 14, 12 and 13 darts to level an enthralling contest.
The Welshman missed one match dart for victory in leg nine and was unable to take out 105 in the decider as Petersen stepped in to pin a third-dart double 18 for a memorable triumph.
World number one Michael van Gerwen began his quest for a 33rd European Tour title with a 6-2 win over Steve Lennon, as the Dutchman reeled off five straight legs from 2-1 down to prevail.
“I think this was a good start of the tournament,” said Van Gerwen. “To play in front of crowds has been amazing – it’s a pleasure to be back.”
“Everyone knows I’m coming out of a difficult phase in my life, and you have to challenge it. You have to never give up and just keep fighting, and that’s what I do.
“I know my talent, I know my game but sometimes you have to adjust a few things.”
Van Gerwen now faces a clash with Mervyn King – who averaged 104 and landed a 170 checkout in his 6-2 win over Jermaine Wattimena earlier in the day.
World Champion Peter Wright averaged 107 as he overcame Michael Smith 6-3, setting up a show-down with Jonny Clayton on Sunday.
The Welshman, under pressure to win his second round tie as he bids to secure qualification for the upcoming World Grand Prix, held his nerve to claim a 6-4 win over Chris Dobey.
Dave Chisnall averaged almost 109 in a brilliant opening to Saturday’s second round as he whitewashed German qualifier Lukas Wenig, and he now plays Nathan Aspinall after the Premier League semi-finalist’s 6-2 win over Dragutin Horvat.
Former World Youth Champion Max Hopp will represent German interests in the event on Sunday following his 6-4 win over Ian White as he set up a third round tie with Danny Noppert, who averaged 101 in a 6-2 defeat of Adrian Lewis.
Glen Durrant won the battle of former Lakeside Champions against Scott Waites 6-3 and now plays Daryl Gurney, who dropped only one leg as he defeated Gabriel Clemens.
Rob Cross, the runner-up to Price at the World Series of Darts Finals last Sunday, hit 50 percent of his darts at a double in a 6-3 win over William O’Connor, and he now meets Petersen in round three.
Krzysztof Ratajski finished 129 and 103 in his 6-3 win over Richard North, who missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish, with the Polish ace now taking on Joe Cullen, who was a 6-4 winner against Adam Hunt.
Canada’s Jeff Smith missed double 18 for a nine-darter during his tie with Mensur Suljovic, who eventually took a 6-4 victory to move through to a tie with James Wade, a 6-2 winner against German youngster Nico Kurz.
German Darts Championship 2020 Results
Saturday September 26
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Lukas Wenig
Jermaine Wattimena 2-6 Mervyn King
Adrian Lewis 2-6 Danny Noppert
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Gabriel Clemens
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Dragutin Horvat
Glen Durrant 6-3 Scott Waites
Rob Cross 6-3 William O’Connor
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Chris Dobey
Ian White 4-6 Max Hopp
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Jeff Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Steve Lennon
Peter Wright 6-3 Michael Smith
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Richard North
Gerwyn Price 5-6 Devon Petersen
Joe Cullen 6-4 Adam Hunt
James Wade 6-2 Nico Kurz