The 2021 World Series of Darts Finals reaches its climax in Amsterdam on Sunday as the eight remaining players compete…
The 2021 World Series of Darts Finals reaches its climax in Amsterdam on Sunday as the eight remaining players compete for the title.
The £300,000 invitational has provided quality and drama aplenty so far this weekend and is set for an unmissable conclusion over two sessions at the AFAS Live.
Two previous winners of this event are among the four PDC seeds left standing, while three Tour Card holder qualifiers and an International Representative make up the other quartet.
Gerwyn Price is vying to become only the second player to successfully defend this title, and the world number one now comes up against a familiar opponent at the Quarter-Final hurdle in Jonny Clayton.
The match signals a repeat of World Grand Prix final earlier this month, in which Clayton stormed to victory to pick up his first major ranking title.
Reigning World Champion Price got under way with a commanding 6-2 victory over Dirk van Duijvenbode on Saturday, averaging 100.3 in silencing the partisan Dutch crowd.
Clayton, meanwhile, launched his quest for a fourth televised title of the year by thrashing home favourite Vincent van der Voort 6-1 to mark a winning return to action after missing both the European Championship and Super Series 7.
Michael van Gerwen looks to remain on course for a fifth World Series of Darts Finals title by overcoming Mervyn King in a repeat of last year’s Players Championship Finals decider.
Van Gerwen edged his way to an 11-10 victory on that occasion in a feisty encounter, with that success remaining his most recent televised ranking title.
Nordic Masters champion last month, Van Gerwen was beaten in the final of the European Championship a fortnight ago and was made to work hard for a 6-4 win over Maik Kuivenhoven on Saturday after leading 5-2.
King is incredibly yet to drop a leg en route to the Last Eight, having whitewashed James Wade 6-0 with a personal best 115.6 average, before repeating the trick on Madars Razma with a 98 average.
The 55-year-old remains in search of a maiden televised PDC title, having lost in six consecutive finals, but will feel he has the form to put up a serious challenge on Sunday.
An all-Belgian clash sees World Cup team-mates Dimitri van den Bergh and Kim Huybrechts go head-to-head.
The duo have proven to be a formidable partnership in the World Cup down the years but will put their friendship to one side in a quest to reach the Semi-Finals.
Former World Matchplay winner Van den Bergh began strongly by defeating Jose de Sousa 6-3 with a 101 average on Saturday and is now eyeing a first Semi-Final appearance in five attempts at the World Series of Darts Finals.
Huybrechts has enjoyed a terrific resurgence in recent months, climbing back to the verge of the world’s top 32 thanks to a Semi-Final and a Quarter-Final appearance in Super Series 7.
Huybrechts has seemingly continued that form into this event, seeing off top ten stars Michael Smith and Peter Wright for the combined loss of just four legs.
The opening Quarter-Final of the afternoon sees Polish ace Krzysztof Ratajski take on Dutch debutant Niels Zonneveld.
Ratajski is appearing in his fourth televised Quarter-Final of the season, having dispatched Gabriel Clemens and Fallon Sherrock in ruthless fashion so far.
Zonneveld, meanwhile, has produced two considerable scalps to reach his first televised Quarter-Final, knocking out multiple major finalist Dave Chisnall and two-time World Champion Gary Anderson to delight his home crowd.
The action gets under way from 12pm GMT, with Quarter-Final matches contested over the best of 19 and the Semi-Finals and final best of 21 from 6pm onwards.
World Series of Darts Finals 2021 Day Three Schedule of Play
All times BST (local time one hour ahead)
Sunday October 31
Afternoon Session (11.45am-4pm)
Krzysztof Ratajski v Niels Zonneveld
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Kim Huybrechts
Jonny Clayton v Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen v Mervyn King
Evening Session (6pm-10pm)
Ratajski/Zonneveld v Van den Bergh/Huybrechts
Van Gerwen/King v Clayton/Price