The Second Round draws to a close at the 2021 Boylesports World Grand Prix on Wednesday, with a clutch of…
The Second Round draws to a close at the 2021 Boylesports World Grand Prix on Wednesday, with a clutch of outsiders aiming to break new ground.
The big names have fallen victim to the quick-fire, double-start format in the early stages, leaving both halves of the draw open to a potential new winner of this prestigious trophy.
A first-time World Grand Prix finalist is already guaranteed in the bottom half of the draw, though four top 16 ranked players remain in the running.
Perhaps the pick of Wednesday’s ties features a repeat of this year’s Premier League final between Jonny Clayton and Jose De Sousa.
With the pair having claimed one win apiece in the league phase, Clayton dominated the final 11-5 to secure his second third televised title in the space of nine months.
The Welshman, who celebrated his 47th birthday on Monday, now finds himself at this stage of the Grand Prix for only the second time in four appearances, having swept aside Callan Rydz in straight sets with a 95 average in Round One.
De Sousa, meanwhile, secured his first win in this event by powering past a struggling Glen Durrant 2-0, but will be eyeing a significant improvement on his match average of just 78.
The Grand Slam champion is looking to gain revenge on ‘The Ferret’ and reach what would be only a second PDC major ranking Quarter-Final.
Another unmissable contest sees former World Champion Rob Cross take on former World Masters champion Krzysztof Ratajski.
Cross is vying to climb back up the rankings after slipping to eleventh in the Order of Merit, and began superbly by knocking out second seed Peter Wright in successive sets.
Cross’ most recent appearance in a major ranking Quarter-Final came at the UK Open back in March 2020, but he faces a formidable barrier in the form of The Polish Eagle.
Despite being renowned for his clinical finishing, Ratajski had failed to win in two previous attempts at the World Grand Prix but finally got off and running courtesy of a thrilling 2-1 win over Nathan Aspinall.
Semi-finalist at the World Matchplay in July, the world number 12 is out to maintain his record of having reached at least the Quarter-Final stage of each ranked major this season.
Elsewhere, a fascinating all-Dutch show-down sees Danny Noppert take on Vincent van der Voort.
Noppert pulled off one of the biggest results of his career by beating Michael van Gerwen 2-0 in Round One, later accusing his compatriot of “cheating” by stamping on the stage whilst he was throwing for a double.
The 30-year-old now comes up against Van Gerwen’s closest friend on the tour and a player vastly experienced over this format, having made his Grand Prix debut back in 2007.
Van der Voort dispatched German number one Gabriel Clemens in straight sets and is now eyeing only a second Quarter-Final appearance in ten appearances in this event.
The opening match of the night sees Stoke ace Ian White take on dangerous debutant Darius Labanauskas.
White, who has recovered from a recent operation, came through a gruelling last set decider against an out of sorts Gary Anderson and will be demanding a marked improvement in all areas of his game.
Labanauskas pulled off an impressive 2-1 scalp of 2011 finalist Brendan Dolan and will be quietly confident of extending his run and closing the gap on the world’s top 32.
The action gets under way from 7pm BST, with Second Round matches contested over the best of five sets.
All Sets are the best of five legs and there will be no tie break in any Set. All legs must begin and end with a double, meaning that a player must hit a double before he can begin scoring in each leg.
Boylesports World Grand Prix 2021 Day Four Schedule of Play
Wednesday October 6
7.15pm Ian White v Darius Labanauskas
8.15pm Rob Cross v Krzysztof Ratajski
9.15pm Danny Noppert v Vincent van der Voort
10.15pm Jose de Sousa v Jonny Clayton