Devon Petersen produced arguably his best televised performance to date to defeat Ian White 10-6 for a place in his first major Semi-Final at the European Championship.
Petersen, who claimed his first PDC ranking title at the German Championship a month ago, enjoyed another landmark moment as he reached his first televised Semi-Final in Oberhausen.
The South African ace averaged 106.3 and landed a staggering ten 180s as he reeled off five consecutive legs to overpower White.
White produced finishes of 105 and 128 en route to a 5-3 lead before Petersen replied with a 106 checkout in leg nine to stay in touch.
After Petersen had then levelled, White regained the lead at 6-5 but only for The African Warrior to take out 70 and land a pivotal 143 checkout to break throw and move 7-6 ahead.
An 11-darter moved Petersen further clear at 9-6 and he continued the charge to close out the match on double eight.
“I’m happy that the game didn’t ignite, If it did it would’ve been a tougher scenario,” said Petersen.
“I knew Ian’s first dart was slightly high and I tried to jump on that, which actually impeded the way I was playing.
“I kept letting him in. I felt like I had the upper-hand but I wasn’t showing it until the 143 went in.
“I’ve always dreamt of being a champion on the PDC tour, and when I achieved that it validated my hard work. Now I’m just carrying on with that winning mentality and confidence.
“If I keep it going, who knows? I could be the one lifting the trophy tomorrow night.”
James Wade eased into the Semi-Finals after a commanding 10-4 defeat of William O’Connor in the night’s opening game.
The 2018 European Champion was at his reliable best on the doubles as he opened up a 3-0 lead which he never relinquished.
The world number 11 built on Friday’s impressive defeat of Nathan Aspinall with trademark checkouts of 96, 87 and 82 to keep O’Connor at bay.
“I’m really happy to win. I was very nervous tonight, which is quite strange,” admitted Wade.
“The first two games I was very confident, that one I wasn’t very confident about. I had doubts in my head.
“It was steady tonight, nothing amazing but it was good.”
Sunday’s second Semi-Final will see Peter Wright meet Jonny Clayton after their wins over Steve West and Dirk van Duijvenbode respectively.
Wright produced a third ton-plus average in as many games in a 10-6 defeat of West to reach the Last Four for the third time in six years.
Despite missing 19 double attempts, Wright fired in eight 180s and averaged 104.19 to get the better of a resilient West.
After breaking throw early on, Wright never let his lead slip, though he was pushed all the way by West who landed two ton-plus finishes, the second of which was a 112 to break throw to make it 8-6.
However, that was as close as West got to clawing back the deficit as Wright closed out the victory with an immediate break back before a 12-dart leg to see it out.
“I don’t think I played well tonight but I’m happy with the win,” said Wright.
“Steve is an amazing player, he’s blown me off the board in the past but it’s different on TV.
“I like playing Jonny [Clayton], he’s an amazing guy and he’s a quality player.
“The only way I think I won’t win the trophy this weekend is if I miss doubles, so I need to sharpen up on that for tomorrow.”
Clayton was a 10-4 victor over Van Duijvenbode as the Welshman made it through to his second televised Semi-Final of 2020.
A tight start to the game saw no more than a leg between the pair until Clayton struck a crucial break of throw to move 6-4 in front.
From there, Clayton put his foot to the floor to accelerate away from his opponent, restricting Van Duijvenbode to just one more double attempt as he won the next four legs to wrap up the win.
“I’m happy to be through but I think I had to win ugly tonight,” said Clayton.
“Dirk didn’t play how he can and I noticed his head dropped but it’s my job to get over the line and I’m happy to have done that.
“All you want is the ‘W’ next to your name, whether it’s pretty or not.
“I’m still not relaxed up there yet, hopefully that will come tomorrow and if it does then you will see my darts flow.”
Saturday October 31
James Wade 10-4 William O’Connor
Jonny Clayton 10-4 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Peter Wright 10-6 Steve West
Devon Petersen 10-6 Ian White
Devon Petersen created history by securing his first PDC ranking title at the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim, defeating Jonny Clayton 8-3 in the final.
Petersen had come agonisingly close to opening his account during the Autumn Series a fortnight ago, missing four match darts in defeat to Gerwyn Price in the final.
However, the South African star went one better at Halle 39 in Hildesheim as he clinched the £25,000 top prize to become the latest new winner on the European Tour.
Petersen averaged 99 or above in each of his games from Round Two onwards, culminating in a 102.7 average in a dominant display to deny Clayton a second Euro Tour triumph.
“I’ve been working hard for what feels like a lifetime, since I was 15-years-old,” said an emotional Petersen.
“The last two to three years have felt like the hardest because of the level of players I’ve been competing against.
“Sometimes you just feel like you’re never going to get there because the players out there are so good.
“Losing to Gerwyn Price at the Autumn Series spurred me on to win this title.
“It’s an amazing feeling. To stand on this stage as a PDC champion in front of fans is just fantastic, it’s a very special night for me.”
Petersen’s victory sees him become the first African player to pick up a PDC ranking title and also secures him a place in November’s Grand Slam of Darts.
He climbs ten places in the main Order of Merit to 41st and will be a debutant in Monday’s World Grand Prix draw.
Clayton, who secured his place in the World Grand Prix this weekend, admitted: “Devon is absolutely class and this is well deserved.
“He’s been in tremendous form for months and he’s proven to the darting world that he’s on the map.
“For myself this weekend has been brilliant. I’ve enjoyed some good wins and the German crowd were great as always.”
Petersen quickly took charge of the final, taking out 76 to establish a 2-0 lead before finishing 70 and 78 in storming 5-1 ahead.
He then missed one dart at double 16, allowing Clayton to stop the rot in leg seven, but atoned for it in the following leg with a 64 checkout.
Clayton landed double 16 to peg back to 6-3 behind, but Petersen powered on towards the winning line, hitting double 16 before firing in a sixth 180 and double 18 to complete a memorable triumph.
Petersen had begun the final day with a narrow last-leg victory over Rob Cross with a 100.5 average, before overcoming Krzysztof Ratajaski 6-3 in the Quarter-Finals.
The African Warrior then sealed his spot in the final with a 7-4 win over Danny Noppert with a 100.7 average.
Clayton’s run to the final included a 6-3 victory over World Champion Peter Wright, a thrilling 6-5 success over Dave Chisnall and a commanding 7-3 defeat of Mervyn King.
King had kicked off the day’s action with a 6-1 rout of a below-par Michael van Gerwen – who averaged just 89.6.
Following the German Darts Championship, the 32-man field for the upcoming World Grand Prix is now confirmed, with Adrian Lewis holding on to the 16th and final spot via the main Order of Merit and Kim Huybrechts securing the 16th and final berth from the ProTour Order of Merit.
Sunday September 27
Michael van Gerwen 1-6 Mervyn King
Mensur Suljovic 1-6 James Wade
Peter Wright 3-6 Jonny Clayton
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Nathan Aspinall
Max Hopp 4-6 Danny Noppert
Daryl Gurney 6-4 Glen Durrant
Devon Petersen 6-5 Rob Cross
Krzysztof Ratajaski 6-2 Joe Cullen
Mervyn King 6-2 James Wade
Jonny Clayton 6-5 Dave Chisnall
Danny Noppert 6-2 Daryl Gurney
Devon Petersen 6-3 Krzysztof Ratajski
Mervyn King 3-7 Jonny Clayton
Danny Noppert 4-7 Devon Petersen
Devon Petersen 8-3 Jonny Clayton
Devon Petersen produced a spectacular comeback from 5-1 down to deny Gerwyn Price in a last-leg decider in Round Two of the German Darts Championship in Hildesheim on Saturday.
Petersen squandered four match darts in the final of an Autumn Series event against Price less than a fortnight ago but gained revenge in style with a stunning fightback.
The South African star fired in eight 180s and averaged 102.6 as he reeled off five consecutive legs to bring Price’s 17-game unbeaten run to an end.
“Gerwyn is a phenomenal player, we saw him win the World Series last week and he’s box office,” said Petersen.
“Today I thought it should be the day where we go face-to-face. Luckily for me we got to five-all, and I had that opportunity to finish him off.
“It’s been hard work behind the scenes. Lock-down means we’ve had more time practising, there’s loads of people who’ve influenced my game and this is the polished version – but I don’t even feel like I’m there yet.”
Price produced checkouts of 110, 140 and 116 as he opened up a 5-1 lead, only for Petersen to respond with legs of 14, 14, 12 and 13 darts to level an enthralling contest.
The Welshman missed one match dart for victory in leg nine and was unable to take out 105 in the decider as Petersen stepped in to pin a third-dart double 18 for a memorable triumph.
World number one Michael van Gerwen began his quest for a 33rd European Tour title with a 6-2 win over Steve Lennon, as the Dutchman reeled off five straight legs from 2-1 down to prevail.
“I think this was a good start of the tournament,” said Van Gerwen. “To play in front of crowds has been amazing – it’s a pleasure to be back.”
“Everyone knows I’m coming out of a difficult phase in my life, and you have to challenge it. You have to never give up and just keep fighting, and that’s what I do.
“I know my talent, I know my game but sometimes you have to adjust a few things.”
Van Gerwen now faces a clash with Mervyn King – who averaged 104 and landed a 170 checkout in his 6-2 win over Jermaine Wattimena earlier in the day.
World Champion Peter Wright averaged 107 as he overcame Michael Smith 6-3, setting up a show-down with Jonny Clayton on Sunday.
The Welshman, under pressure to win his second round tie as he bids to secure qualification for the upcoming World Grand Prix, held his nerve to claim a 6-4 win over Chris Dobey.
Dave Chisnall averaged almost 109 in a brilliant opening to Saturday’s second round as he whitewashed German qualifier Lukas Wenig, and he now plays Nathan Aspinall after the Premier League semi-finalist’s 6-2 win over Dragutin Horvat.
Former World Youth Champion Max Hopp will represent German interests in the event on Sunday following his 6-4 win over Ian White as he set up a third round tie with Danny Noppert, who averaged 101 in a 6-2 defeat of Adrian Lewis.
Glen Durrant won the battle of former Lakeside Champions against Scott Waites 6-3 and now plays Daryl Gurney, who dropped only one leg as he defeated Gabriel Clemens.
Rob Cross, the runner-up to Price at the World Series of Darts Finals last Sunday, hit 50 percent of his darts at a double in a 6-3 win over William O’Connor, and he now meets Petersen in round three.
Krzysztof Ratajski finished 129 and 103 in his 6-3 win over Richard North, who missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish, with the Polish ace now taking on Joe Cullen, who was a 6-4 winner against Adam Hunt.
Canada’s Jeff Smith missed double 18 for a nine-darter during his tie with Mensur Suljovic, who eventually took a 6-4 victory to move through to a tie with James Wade, a 6-2 winner against German youngster Nico Kurz.
Saturday September 26
Dave Chisnall 6-0 Lukas Wenig
Jermaine Wattimena 2-6 Mervyn King
Adrian Lewis 2-6 Danny Noppert
Daryl Gurney 6-1 Gabriel Clemens
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 Dragutin Horvat
Glen Durrant 6-3 Scott Waites
Rob Cross 6-3 William O’Connor
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Chris Dobey
Ian White 4-6 Max Hopp
Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Jeff Smith
Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Steve Lennon
Peter Wright 6-3 Michael Smith
Krzysztof Ratajski 6-2 Richard North
Gerwyn Price 5-6 Devon Petersen
Joe Cullen 6-4 Adam Hunt
James Wade 6-2 Nico Kurz