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UK Open Darts 2021 Day Three preview and order of play: Final eight face off

Jamie Shaw in UK Open 07 Mar 2021
Gerwyn Price celebrates (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The eight remaining hopefuls will battle it out for the right to be crowned 2021 UK Open champion in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

A frenetic and fascinating weekend of action has seen a field of 151 whittled down to just eight, with two multiple UK Open champions among those left standing.

Sunday’s afternoon session at the Marshall Arena plays host to the Quarter-Finals, before the Semi-Finals and final take centre stage in the evening.

Michael van Gerwen steps up the defence of his crown with a mouth-watering tie against Krzysztof Ratajski in the final match of the afternoon.

The world number two is bidding to claim this title for a fourth time since 2015 and send out an emphatic statement of intent to his rivals as he vies to reclaim the number one ranking this season.

Van Gerwen has averaged above 99 in each of his three wins en route to this stage, kicking off with a 10-8 success over Scott Mitchell before thrashing Mensur Suljovic 10-4 and going on to edge out Jose De Sousa in a last-leg shoot-out.

Ratajski, meanwhile, finds himself at this stage of the competition for the first time, having registered consecutive ton-plus averages in impressive victories over Nathan Aspinall, Madars Razma and Masters champion Jonny Clayton.

The Polish number one has never reached the Semi-Finals of a PDC major and is looking to do so by recording his first win over MVG at the sixth attempt.

Reigning World Champion Gerwyn Price aims to mark his 36th birthday in dream fashion by claiming this prestigious title for the first time.

The world number one has lost in two previous UK Open finals and now comes up against South African star Devon Petersen in what promises to be a heavy-scoring thriller.

Price has raised his game accordingly as each round has progressed, opening up with a 10-5 win over Peter Hudson before thrashing Ricky Evans 10-3 with a 98.7 average and going on to dispatch Chris Dobey 10-5 with a 102 average.

Petersen has progressed to his first UK Open Quarter-Final since 2015 courtesy of a series of strong displays on the outer boards, winning all three of his matches by at least a five-leg margin.

The world number 32 has seen off Jeffrey de Zwaan, Scott Waites and Peter Jacques so far and is now eyeing a first televised triumph over the Welsh talisman.

The opening Quarter-Final sees two-time UK Open champion James Wade continue his pursuit of further glory with a tie against former European Champion Simon Whitlock.

Wade last picked up this trophy ten years ago and has gone about his business with typical efficiency this weekend, registering two ton-plus averages in his three matches so far.

The Machine began by denying Ryan Joyce in a last-leg decider on Friday and went on to defeat Rob Cross 10-7 and Gabriel Clemens 10-5 to continue his progress.

Whitlock is appearing in his first UK Open Quarter-Final in four years, having beaten Karel Sedlacek 10-7 before coming through two nail-biting deciders against Darius Labanauskas and and Brendan Dolan with consecutive 98 averages.

The Aussie ace has been one of the most consistent performers in televised competition over the past 12 months, with this his fourth major Quarter-Final since July.

Dave Chisnall marks his first UK Open Quarter-Final appearance since 2012 with a show-down against first-time quarter-finalist Luke Humphries.

Chisnall, who is looking to claim his first major title in memory of his late mother, has performed superbly so far, averaging 100 and 104 in wins over Peter Wright and Danny Noppert before coming 8-6 down to defeat Alan Soutar 10-8 on Saturday night.

World Championship semi-finalist at the beginning of the year, ‘Chizzy’ continues to produce his brilliant best on the sport’s biggest stages and now faces a player with similarly clinical scoring ability.

Former World Youth Champion Humphries is into his first Quarter-Final outside of the World Championship, having benefitted from a Third Round walkover before going on to defeat Kim Huybrechts, Ryan Searle and Martijn Kleermaker.

Humphries has undergone a significant health kick in recent months and appears re-energised and refocused on stage after a below-par 2020 by his standards.

The action gets underway from 12.45pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches to be contested over the best of 19 legs and Semi-Finals and final best of 21.

The draw for the Semi-Finals will be made shortly after the conclusion of the previous round.

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Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 Schedule

Sunday March 7

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm)

Quarter-Finals
Simon Whitlock v James Wade
Gerwyn Price v Devon Petersen
Dave Chisnall v Luke Humphries
Krzysztof Ratajski v Michael van Gerwen

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals
Final