Niels Zonneveld pulled off a memorable 6-4 scalp of Gary Anderson in Round Two of the 2021 World Series of…
Niels Zonneveld pulled off a memorable 6-4 scalp of Gary Anderson in Round Two of the 2021 World Series of Darts Finals in Amsterdam on Saturday.
Dutch qualifier Zonneveld delighted a bumper crowd at the AFAS Live by overcoming two-time World Champion Anderson to book his place in a first televised Quarter-Final.
With the match finely poised at four apiece, Zonneveld produced a timely brace of ton-plus finishes (120 and 102) to clinch victory with a 97 average, condemning the Scot to another early exit.
“I can’t describe how happy and proud I am – it’s amazing,” said Zonneveld.
“I’ve got so much respect for Gary, he’s one of the best players ever, but today with my home crowd I think I achieved something special.
“Krzysztof is a solid, very consistent player. I think he’s one of the top eight in the world for consistency so it will be really difficult.”
Kim Huybrechts continued his resurgent run of form by thrashing an out of sorts Peter Wright 6-1, sealing the deal with a spectacular 150 checkout.
The Belgian ace followed up Friday’s win over Michael Smith by subjecting a struggling ‘Snakebite’ to another shock defeat.
Dutch hero Michael van Gerwen avoided joining the list of big names to have bowed out early as he edged past Dutch compatriot Maik Kuivenhoven 6-4.
Van Gerwen began the tie with a 12-darter, and after sharing the first four legs, then reeled off three in a row to move to the brink of victory.
Kuivenhoven, however, took the next two to pull back to just 5-4 behind, only to then squander his chance to take the game into a deciding leg with six missed doubles as Van Gerwen capitalised to close out the win.
“Maybe I was trying too hard in front of my home crowd, but it was a hard game,” admitted Van Gerwen.
“I’m disappointed in myself a little bit because my preparation was good. I feel good and that’s the most important thing.
“Overall, of course I could have done a little bit better here and there but I won my game and that’s the most important thing.
“To play in front of these fans was absolutely amazing. I’m glad to be back and I hope I can show them some more action tomorrow.
“It means a lot to me – everyone knows I’ve been going through a really rough period for myself, and then to have to perform in front of your home crowd makes it slightly difficult and makes you want to win even more.”
Van Gerwen will now meet Mervyn King – who has stormed into the Quarter-Finals without dropping a leg in his two matches so far in Amsterdam.
King had denied James Wade a dart at a double as he averaged a tournament record 115 in their First Round contest, and averaged 98 as he restricted Latvia’s Madars Razma to only three darts at the outer ring in another one-sided rout.
King took out 118 and 72 to move two legs up, punished Razma in the next two and then finished 84 and 88 as he sealed the win in style with a 12-darter.
A box office Quarter-Final clash will see reigning champion Gerwyn Price and Premier League winner Jonny Clayton meet on Sunday afternoon in a repeat of the recent World Grand Prix final after they comfortably progressed past Dutch opposition.
World number one Price was a 6-2 winner over Dirk van Duijvenbode, averaging 100, hitting a 12-darter, two 13-darters and a 109 finish in a confident display
Clayton, meanwhile, ruthlessly ended the hopes of home favourite Vincent van der Voort with a 6-1 victory, winning the opening five legs without the Dutchman having a dart at a double before closing out the win.
Dimitri Van den Bergh and Huybrechts will clash in an all-Belgian tie after they both impressed on Saturday night.
Van den Bergh averaged 101 as he came from 2-1 down to see off Jose de Sousa 6-3, turning the game with legs of 14, 15 and 13 darts in mid-match.
Fallon Sherrock’s hopes of repeating her run to last month’s Nordic Masters final were shattered in a 6-1 defeat to a relentless Krzysztof Ratajski.
The Polish number one reached his fifth televised Quarter-Final of 2021 in comfortable fashion, opening up a 3-0 lead which included a 13-dart break of throw.
Sherrock landed a 13-darter of her own to hit back, but Ratajski pulled clear with finishes of 72 and 68 before sealing the win.
The tournament will conclude on Sunday with the Quarter-Finals in the afternoon session followed by the Semi-Finals and final in the evening session.
World Series of Darts Finals 2021 Results
Saturday October 30
Madars Razma 0-6 Mervyn King
Gary Anderson 4-6 Niels Zonneveld
Jonny Clayton 6-1 Vincent van der Voort
Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-3 Jose de Sousa
Fallon Sherrock 1-6 Krzysztof Ratajski
Peter Wright 1-6 Kim Huybrechts
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen 6-4 Maik Kuivenhoven