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Price claims glory at the 2021 Gibraltar Darts Trophy

Jamie Shaw in European Tour 26 Sep 2021
Price clutches the trophy (Photo by PDC Europe)

Gerwyn Price sealed his fifth European Tour title at the 2021 Gibraltar Darts Trophy with an 8-0 demolition of Mensur Suljovic in the final.

The world number one had triumphed in the Hungarian Darts Trophy earlier this month and sealed the £25,000 title in the year’s second – and final – European Tour event.

Price performed superbly throughout the weekend, following up Saturday’s second round win over Florian Hempel with a 102 average in his Last 16 defeat of Damon Heta.

He improved on that to defy Michael van Gerwen’s 105 average in a thrilling Quarter-Final which went to a deciding leg, before seeing off Nathan Aspinall 7-3 in the Semi-Finals.

The final proved a thoroughly one-sided affair, with Suljovic’s four missed doubles in the opening two legs giving Price the opportunity to move 2-0 in front.

A 70 finish handed Price the third leg, and he posted tops and double ten to claim a five-leg lead before accelerating to the winning line with legs of 11, 12 and 12 darts – finishing 94, 95 and 82 in the process of completing a fifth European Tour triumph.

“It’s been a brilliant weekend,” said Price, who now sets his sights on defending his World Grand Prix title.

“In the final Mensur wasn’t the player I know he can be, but I played fantastic in the semi-final, final and quarter-final so I’m thankful for that.

“This weekend I played really well all the way through and I think I’m a deserved winner.”

Price had withdrawn from the Nordic Masters last weekend following the first round due to an elbow problem, and had a cortisone injection this week before heading to Gibraltar.

“It wasn’t very good in the World Cup, I could feel it then,” added the Welshman. “[The Nordic Masters] wasn’t a ranked event, and I knew I had to prepare for this week, next week and all the big tournaments coming up.

“It worked. A lot of people doubted what I did but I knew what I had to do.”

Suljovic had also reached the final of the World Cup of Darts a fortnight ago and enjoyed his best run in a singles event for two years as he won through to another decider.

The Austrian followed up Saturday’s narrow defeat of Kim Huybrechts by dropping just three legs to see off Jose de Sousa and Krzysztof Ratajski, and then overcame Simon Whitlock 7-5 in the Semi-Finals.

Whitlock enjoyed his best run for ten months, but fell short of claiming World Grand Prix qualification with his Semi-Final exit.

Aspinall averaged 107 in an epic Last 16 win over top seed Joe Cullen, and went on to defeat UK Open champion James Wade to reach the Last Four.

Following the Gibraltar Trophy, the top 32 players from the final European Tour Order of Merit qualify for the European Championship in Salzburg from October 14-17.

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Gibraltar Darts Trophy 2021 Day Three Results

Sunday September 26

Third Round
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Ted Evetts
Callan Rydz 1-6 Brendan Dolan
Adam Smith-Neale 2-6 Krzysztof Ratajski
Jose De Sousa 1-6 Mensur Suljovic
Gerwyn Price 6-3 Damon Heta
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Danny Noppert
James Wade 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Joe Cullen 4-6 Nathan Aspinall

Quarter-Finals
Simon Whitlock 6-4 Brendan Dolan
Krzysztof Ratajski 2-6 Mensur Suljovic
Gerwyn Price 6-5 Michael van Gerwen
James Wade 2-6 Nathan Aspinall

Semi-Finals
Simon Whitlock 5-7 Mensur Suljovic
Gerwyn Price 7-3 Nathan Aspinall

Final
Gerwyn Price 8-0 Mensur Suljovic