Chisnall then produced a fightback of his own to get within one leg of the former UK Open champion, but despite the revival and ten maximums from Chizzy, it was Wright who progressed with a 16-12 win.
The second Quarter-Final of the evening saw Durrant advance to his third consecutive PDC major Semi-Final at the expense of world finalist Smith.
Smith had defeated ‘Duzza’ in the Semi-Finals of July’s World Matchplay and in the Group Stage earlier this week, but the tenacious Teessider gained his revenge at the third time of asking.
Smith began the brighter, breaking throw in the second leg only to see his 2-0 lead disappear as Durrant broke back immediately.
It was Smith who was the happier player come the second interval as he took a 6-4 lead despite a 103 checkout from the reigning BDO World Champion.
The time off stage seemed to benefit the Lakeside Champion, though, as he reeled off six legs on the spin to give himself a four leg cushion with checkouts of 72, 92 and 110 along the way.
Durrant looked solid on throw throughout the match and a run of seven straight holds during a crucial period of the encounter set up the victory.
Durrant missed one match dart in leg 17 but would eventually get over the line in the next leg to secure his place in the Last Four of the Grand Slam for the first time.
“I’m just so happy to have made the Semi-Finals tonight but it would be nice just to go one and hopefully two better this time,” said Durrant.
“I’m having to show in the PDC that I can come from behind. I’m used to being a front runner so I’m showing a different side to my game now.
“I’ve come to the PDC trying to be nice to everybody, now it’s no more Mr nice guy – I don’t need to be nice and I was never nice in the BDO.”
Looking ahead to Sunday afternoon’s clash with Wright, Durrant added: “Since coming over to the PDC Peter has been the one to make me feel most welcome and it will be an absolute pleasure to play him in the Semi-Finals.”
The Semi-Final line-up will be completed on Saturday night as Michael van Gerwen faces Adrian Lewis following the mouth-watering repeat of the 2018 final as defending Champion Gerwyn Price takes on Gary Anderson.
Wright and Durrant set up Grand Slam of Darts Semi-Final show-down
Peter Wright and Glen Durrant will collide in the Semi-Finals of the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts after 16-12 victories…
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