Kumar and Pratnemer among those to seal PDC World Championship qualification
India’s Nitin Kumar, Slovenia’s Benjamin Pratnemer and Japan’s Yuki Yamada clinched their PDC World Darts Championship spots following qualifiers held globally.
Pratnemer, who narrowly missed out on qualifying for the BDO World Championship a week prior to the Eastern European Qualifier, defeated Hungary’s Janos Vegso to seal his World Championship debut.
The Slovenian saw off Janos Bagi, Roman Benecky, former qualifier Pero Ljubic, Dragutin Pecnjak and Hungarian duo, Patrik Kovacs and Nandor Major, on his way to the final.
Pratnemer produced a scoring masterclass in the decider, averaging over 105 with his first nine darts, and claimed his spot with an emphatic victory over Hungary’s Vegso.
Elsewhere, Nitin Kumar came through the Indian Qualifier in blistering style, dropping just two legs en route to securing his second World Championship appearance.
Kumar, who has competed on the PDC Asian Tour this year, defeated Viral Mehta, Sangam Kumar and Sarthak Patel to nil in the run-up to the final, with his only loss of a leg coming against Hari Nair in a 4-1 triumph.
The 33-year-old eased to victory in the final, brushing aside Ravi Bhat in a 6-1 win, averaging just below 84 and hitting 60 percent of his attempts at double.
Another qualifier of Asian descent was also confirmed as following Seigo Asada’s Japanese National Championship success, his good friend Yuki Yamada secured his place at Alexandra Palace.
Former Japanese World Cup of Darts representative, Yamada, qualified after finishing in fifth place on PDC Asian Tour Order of Merit, and will make his World Championship debut in December.
Further qualifiers will be held across the globe – including Africa, Russia and China – in the coming weeks as the race to Alexandra Palace draws ever closer.