Clinical Wight sets up Suljovic semi-final at BetVictor World Matchplay

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Peter Wright produced a stunning display of finishing as he reached the BetVictor World Matchplay semi-finals alongside Mensur Suljovic in Blackpool last night.

World number two Wright was in clinical mood as he secured an impressive 16-5 win over Simon Whitlock in their quarter-final at the Winter Gardens.

Night Seven of the prestigious Blackpool event saw last year’s runner-up Wright reach the semi-finals for the third time in four years thanks to an incredible 76% accuracy on the doubles – winning his final 11 legs without missing a checkout.

Wright took control of the tie early on and never allowed Whitlock to gain a foothold in the contest as the world number two moved a step closer to lifting the Phil Taylor Trophy.

“I wasn’t really feeling it tonight until just before I went on stage and then I got my focus,” said Wright, who will face Suljovic in Saturday’s semi-final.

“I wanted a lot more tonight but I was struggling a bit in the heat which affected my darts. I’ve been practicing my finishing a lot so it was pleasing to be so accurate on my doubles.

“Simon is always capable of running off a number of legs so I had to keep my concentration to stay in front and keep him under as much pressure as I could.

“The main thing was I got the win but I will have to be better to win the tournament.”

Wright took the ascendancy early on, blowing Whitlock away as he raced into a 5-0 lead, and then continued his dominance to lead 8-2 at the second break.

Whitlock never stopped fighting, typified by his showpiece 132 checkout to keep the tie alive at 15-5, but the result was never in doubt for the ruthless Wright.

The Scottish ace rounded off a magnificent performance with an 82 finish on the bull to seal the biggest quarter-final winning margin since 2011.

Earlier in the evening, Suljovic won through to his first World Matchplay semi-final thanks to a hard-fought 16-10 victory over Darren Webster.

The Austrian star started brightly, taking a commanding 4-1 lead before Webster fought his way back to 4-4 and then went ahead for the first time at 5-4.

Suljovic regained the lead at 6-5 but a resilient Webster, who was appearing in his second consecutive Blackpool quarter-final, stuck with the three-time World Matchplay quarter-finalist.

A crucial break of throw was struck by Suljovic to go 13-10 up and the world number six then reeled off the next three legs to book his place in the last four.

“It’s a good feeling and I’m so happy,” said Suljovic.

“My game wasn’t the best today but I never gave up. Darren is such a good player and it was a very hard match.

“I promised my son a new pair of trainers if I won so he was going crazy!”

The £500,000 tournament continues on Saturday at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens with the semi-finals, which also see world number four Gary Anderson playing giant-killer Jeffrey de Zwaan before Wright takes on Suljovic.

2018 BetVictor World Matchplay

Friday July 27

Quarter-Finals

Mensur Suljovic 16-10 Darren Webster

Peter Wright 16-5 Simon Whitlock

 

Saturday July 28 (7pm)

Semi-Finals

Peter Wright v Mensur Suljovic

Jeffrey de Zwaan v Gary Anderson

 

Best of 33 legs

 

BetVictor Odds

Semi-Final Match Odds

4/9 Peter Wright v 7/4 Mensur Suljovic

9/4 Jeffrey de Zwaan v 1/3 Gary Anderson

 

Tournament Winner Odds

10/11 Gary Anderson

9/4 Peter Wright

11/2 Mensur Suljovic

6/1 Jeffrey de Zwaan

 

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