The 2020 Boylesports World Grand Prix enters the Semi-Final stage in Coventry on Sunday as the final four aim to…
The 2020 Boylesports World Grand Prix enters the Semi-Final stage in Coventry on Sunday as the final four aim to move a step closer to double-start glory.
A new name is now guaranteed on the prestigious trophy to join only seven different previous winners since the event began in 1998.
Only one seed remains standing at the Ricoh Arena alongside two former Grand Prix finalists and a debutant in dreamland.
The opening Semi-Final on Sunday evening sees 2017 runner-up Simon Whitlock take on emerging Dutch star Dirk van Duijvenbode.
Whitlock has grasped his unexpected opportunity with both hands this week, defeating Chris Dobey with a 101 average before coming through a 25-leg marathon to edge out Mervyn King 3-2.
A late replacement for Adrian Lewis, Whitlock then went on to thrash defending champion Michael van Gerwen 3-0 with a 100.3 average in what he described as his “best ever” performance on television.
The Australian ace is now back among the world’s top 16 and is bidding to remain on course for a first major title since the 2012 European Championship.
Van Duijvenbode, meanwhile has broken new ground on his Boylesports World Grand Prix debut, storming into his first major Semi-Final just nine months after regaining a Tour Card at Qualifying School.
An aubergine farmer by day, Van Duijvenbode kick-started his run with a scrappy 2-1 win over Mensur Suljovic but has not looked back since, defeating both Dimitri van den Bergh and Gary Anderson 3-1 with superb displays.
The 28-year-old has already broken into the world’s top 64 as a result of his exploits this week but will be determined to ensure his efforts do not fall agonisingly short.
Whitlock won their first meeting 10-6 at the 2017 UK Open, though Van Duijvenbode has won both of their subsequent encounters on the ProTour.
The second Semi-Final sees world number three Gerwyn Price take on two-time World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall.
Price has banished his previously poor record in this unique event to reach the Last Four for the first time, with the temporary new venue providing a change of fortunes for the Welshman.
The reigning Grand Slam and World Series Finals champion is now appearing in his sixth Semi-Final in his last seven major ranking tournaments and has swept through his section of the draw so far.
Price has dropped just one set en route to the Semis, seeing off Jermaine Wattimena, Kim Huybrechts and Jeffrey de Zwaan without breaking sweat.
However, he will be poised for a much tougher test against a player with fine pedigree in this competition – who defeated him 2-1 in the opening round 12 months ago.
Chisnall is aiming to reach his second successive World Grand Prix final and a third since 2013 as he continues to hunt down that elusive maiden major title.
The St Helens star has had an incredible pathway to this stage, having twice recovered from two sets down in the last two nights to edge through.
After a blistering straight sets win over Glen Durrant with a 102.8 average in Round One, Chizzy then survived seven match darts from Ryan Joyce to prevail 3-2 before coming from two down again to deny Joe Cullen in a deciding leg on Saturday.
Price has won five of his last six televised Semi-Finals, while Chisnall is looking to become only the fourth different player to have reached the World Grand Prix final on three or more occasions.
The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with Semi-Final matches to be contested over the best of seven 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 2020 Schedule of Play
Sunday October 11
7.15pm Simon Whitlock v Dirk van Duijvenbode
8.45pm Dave Chisnall v Gerwyn Price