Price defeats Whitlock in thriller while Suljovic sails into semi-finals

Gerwyn Price and Mensur Suljovic set up a mouth-watering Grand Slam of Darts semi-final meeting following wins over Simon Whitlock and Dimitri van den Bergh in Wolverhampton.

Price moved into his maiden Grand Slam of Darts semi-final after a 16-15 last leg deciding victory over Australia’s number one Simon Whitlock.
Whitlock raced into a 7-3 lead in the early stages of the tie, before opening up a 9-5 advantage, only for Mendham-based Price to win five of the next six legs and the duo to head into the interval at ten legs a piece.
The match remained a close affair with the pair level at 15-15 as a last leg decider beckoned. After already missing multiple match darts, Whitlock missed yet another dart at double top and Price punished ‘The Wizard’ to close out a narrow win despite the crowd booing him along the way.
Price’s last four opponent with be Austria’s number one Mensur Suljovic after ‘The Gentle’ closed out a 16-9 win over World Youth Champion Dimitri van den Bergh. It will be Suljovic’s ninth PDC semi-final appearance, since reaching the quarter-finals 12-months ago in Wolverhampton.
Suljovic led throughout the contest, from start to finish, opening up a 2-0 lead with a remarkable finish of 167. The Austrian soon found himself with a hefty 8-3 advantage as van den Bergh‘s chances of making a maiden semi-final appearance at the Grand Slam of Darts faded away.
Van den Bergh battled his way back to 12-8 in the tie but within four legs was the closest he got as Suljovic reeled off the majority of the remaining legs, in 16 darts or more, to book his place in a major semi-final once again.
The Grand Slam of Darts will continue tomorrow evening with former back-to-back World Champion Gary Anderson taking on BDO World Championship semi-finalist Michael Unterbuchner and world number one Michael van Gerwen facing Austrian Darts Open winner Jonny Clayton in a repeat of last year’s Players Championship Finals final.

2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts
Friday November 16
Mensur Suljovic 16-9 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price 16-15 Simon Whitlock

Saturday November 17 
Michael Unterbuchner v Gary Anderson
Jonny Clayton v Michael van Gerwen

Sunday November 18
Afternoon Session 

Semi-Finals
Gerwyn Price v Mensur Suljovic
Clayton/Van Gerwen v Unterbuchner/Anderson

Evening Session 
Final

Photography courtesy of Taylor Lanning

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