Jose De Sousa secured his fifth PDC title at the PDC Super Series in Niedernhausen with an 8-1 demolition of…
Jose De Sousa secured his fifth PDC title at the PDC Super Series in Niedernhausen with an 8-1 demolition of Luke Humphries in the final.
The reigning Grand Slam champion produced one of the most dominant performances ever seen in a PDC ranking final as he averaged 114 to scoop the £10,000 top prize.
That display came at the end of an untouchable day of darts at the H+ Hotel as De Sousa averaged over 96 across his seven matches en route to glory.
He began the day with a 101 average in thrashing Maik Kuivenhoven 6-1 before brushing aside Irish youngster Ciaran Teehan by the same scoreline.
De Sousa then overcame German duo Max Hopp and Gabriel Clemens 6-4 and 6-3 respectively before averaging 111 in a 6-2 dismantling of Brendan Dolan in the Quarter-Finals.
The Portuguese star then averaged almost 104 in his win over Poland’s Krzysztof Kciuk in the Semi-Finals.
De Sousa kicked off the final with 180s in the opening two legs before Humphries broke back in leg three.
The Premier League star registered a ten-darter to move 3-1 ahead before landing back-to-back 11-darters to pull clear.
Legs of 14 and 12 darts pushed him to the brink of a victory – which was then sealed on double ten in the following leg.
“This is a special moment,” said De Sousa. “I played well but I think my doubles were the reason I got to the final, they helped me a lot today so I’m happy.
“Right now I’m feeling in great shape, and my triple 20s are easy to make, and when you make so many triples you come to the final.
“I’m very happy for my doubles today, it was so important for me to make my doubles. I came up in my percentage in my doubles so it’s amazing for me.
“Today, the feeling was so good. This doesn’t stop here and tomorrow I have another day, and I hope I can do the same.”
Humphries reached his third final of the season, but the former World Youth Champion was again forced to settle for second prize after an outstanding display from his opponent.
He averaged 104 in seeing off Niels Zonneveld in Round Two and just shy of 100 in his Quarter-Final win over Jason Lowe, while he also defeated Kevin McDine, Nick Kenny and Mervyn King on the day.
The Semi-Finals saw Humphries meet World Matchplay champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, and ‘Cool Hand Luke’ came from 4-0 and 6-4 down to snatch a 7-6 win, surviving one missed match dart from the Belgian in the decider.
Van den Bergh enjoyed his best run in a ProTour event since August 2019, averaging 111 in a Quarter-Final defeat of Jamie Hughes and only dropping eight legs on his way to the Last Four.
Poland’s Kciuk enjoyed his best-ever run on the ProTour, producing two ton-plus averages on his way to the Semi-Finals.
Premier League leader Nathan Aspinall continued his strong form with a nine-dart finish against Andy Boulton, although he was eliminated in the Last 16 by Dolan.
World number two Michael van Gerwen, five-time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld and World Grand Prix finalist Dirk van Duijvenbode were among the notable First Round casualties in Niedernhausen.
PDC Super Series 3 – Day One Results
Saturday April 24
Josh Payne 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Martijn Kleermaker 6-2 Gary Blades
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Chris Dobey
Joe Murnan 6-5 Chas Barstow
Sebastian Bialecki 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Matthew Edgar 6-4 José Justicia
Jermaine Wattimena 6-3 Kim Huybrechts
Derk Telnekes 6-3 Lisa Ashton
Damon Heta 6-0 Berry van Peer
Ryan Murray 6-1 Rene Eidams
Ross Smith 6-4 Benito van de Pas
Jeff Smith 6-0 Karel Sedlacek
Danny Noppert 6-2 Adam Gawlas
Steve Beaton 6-4 David Evans
Jamie Hughes 6-1 John Michael
Justin Pipe 6-3 Davy Proosten
Nick Kenny 6-3 Devon Petersen
Geert Nentjes 6-1 Lorenzo Pronk
Luke Humphries 6-2 Kevin McDine
Niels Zonneveld 6-4 Jon Worsley
Daryl Gurney 6-2 Kai Fan Leung
Peter Jacques 6-2 Jason Askew
Mervyn King 6-2 Lewis Williams
Martin Schindler 6-2 Florian Hempel
Ritchie Edhouse 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Simon Whitlock 6-4 William Borland
William O’Connor 6-0 Aaron Beeney
Ryan Meikle 6-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall 6-2 Danny Baggish
Jason Lowe 6-5 Scott Williams
Luc Peters 6-4 Madars Razma
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Patrick van den Boogaard
José de Sousa 6-1 Maik Kuivenhoven
Ciaran Teehan 6-5 Ted Evetts
Max Hopp 6-2 Gino Vos
Scott Mitchell 6-3 Bradley Brooks
Gabriel Clemens 6-1 Eddie Lovely
Kevin Doets 6-2 Jack Main
Christian Kist 6-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Pero Ljubic 6-2 Steffen Siepmann
Nathan Aspinall 6-1 Steve Brown
Andy Boulton 6-2 Vincent Van der Meer
Boris Krcmar 6-2 Ryan Searle
Robert Thornton 6-4 Keane Barry
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Michael Rasztovits
Boris Koltsov 6-4 Mike De Decker
Stephen Bunting 6-3 Harald Leitinger
Geert De Vos 6-3 Martin Thomas
Michael Smith 6-1 Ryan De Vreede
Peter Hudson 6-2 Michal Smejda
Steve Lennon 6-2 Jelle Klaasen
Gordon Mathers 6-4 Andy Hamilton
Rob Cross 6-4 Martin Lukeman
Adam Hunt 6-5 John Brown
Alan Tabern 6-5 Ryan Joyce
Alan Soutar 6-0 Wayne Jones
Mensur Suljovic 6-3 Zoran Lerchbacher
Andrew Gilding 6-5 Michael Unterbuchner
Luke Woodhouse 6-2 Ricky Evans
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
Mike Warburton 6-4 Ian White
Robert Marijanovic 6-5 Mickey Mansell
Lukas Wenig 6-5 Darius Labanauskas
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-4 John Henderson
Martijn Kleermaker 6-1 Josh Payne
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2 Joe Murnan
Matthew Edgar 6-4 Sebastian Bialecki
Jermaine Wattimena 6-2 Derk Telnekes
Damon Heta 6-0 Ryan Murray
Ross Smith 6-2 Jeff Smith
Danny Noppert 6-3 Steve Beaton
Jamie Hughes 6-5 Justin Pipe
Nick Kenny 6-3 Geert Nentjes
Luke Humphries 6-4 Niels Zonneveld
Peter Jacques 6-5 Daryl Gurney
Mervyn King 6-5 Martin Schindler
Ritchie Edhouse 6-2 Simon Whitlock
Ryan Meikle 6-1 William O’Connor
Jason Lowe 6-2 Dave Chisnall
Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Luc Peters
José de Sousa 6-1 Ciaran Teehan
Max Hopp 6-4 Scott Mitchell
Gabriel Clemens 6-4 Kevin Doets
Christian Kist 6-3 Pero Ljubic
Nathan Aspinall 6-5 Andy Boulton – *Aspinall hits a nine-darter*
Robert Thornton 6-5 Boris Krcmar
Brendan Dolan 6-2 Boris Koltsov
Geert De Vos 6-3 Stephen Bunting
Michael Smith 6-1 Peter Hudson
Steve Lennon 6-0 Gordon Mathers
Adam Hunt 6-2 Rob Cross
Alan Tabern 6-4 Alan Soutar
Mensur Suljovic 6-2 Andrew Gilding
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Luke Woodhouse
Mike Warburton 6-5 Robert Marijanovic
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-5 Lukas Wenig
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-0 Martijn Kleermaker
Jermaine Wattimena 6-4 Matthew Edgar
Ross Smith 6-5 Damon Heta
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Danny Noppert
Luke Humphries 6-3 Nick Kenny
Mervyn King 6-4 Peter Jacques
Ryan Meikle 6-5 Ritchie Edhouse
Jason Lowe 6-3 Ron Meulenkamp
José de Sousa 6-4 Max Hopp
Gabriel Clemens 6-2 Christian Kist
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Robert Thornton
Brendan Dolan 6-4 Geert De Vos
Steve Lennon 6-1 Michael Smith
Alan Tabern 6-3 Adam Hunt
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-5 Mensur Suljovic
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 Mike Warburton
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Jamie Hughes 6-4 Ross Smith
Luke Humphries 6-1 Mervyn King
Jason Lowe 6-0 Ryan Meikle
Jose de Sousa 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
Brendan Dolan 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Alan Tabern 6-1 Steve Lennon
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-0 Jamie Hughes
Luke Humphries 6-4 Jason Lowe
Jose de Sousa 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-5 Alan Tabern
Luke Humphries 7-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jose de Sousa 7-2 Krzysztof Kciuk
Jose de Sousa 8-1 Luke Humphries