For the first time in a long time, the audience was darted again and that was especially good news for Mensur Suljovic, who was allowed to play for his own fans in Austria. With Krzysztof Ratajski he did meet a tough opponent and it showed. The two darts players fought each other with very good averages and fine finish work, which resulted in a wonderful spectacle. The Polish Eagle was ultimately the strongest, to the disappointment of the audience. He placed a break in the eighth leg and, partly thanks to misses by Suljovic, crossed the line: 6-3.
If there are two players of the Tour who came with confidence on the Austrian podium, it is Glen Durrant and Dimitri van den Bergh. Duzza took office as the winner of the Premier League regular season and The Dreammaker was hailed as the reigning World Matchplay champion. The Englishman was the one who best continued his form. Except for a bad third leg, both players played very well, but in the end Durrant was the one who got his act together. He walked away to a 6-3 win.
The second round
That means that the eight opponents of the seeded players are known, because in addition to Ratajski and Durrant, Darius Labanauskas, Damon Heta, Cody Harris, Vincent van der Voort, Jeff Smith and Steve Beaton also qualified for the next round. Especially the victory of New Zealander Harris, who was too strong for Dave Chisnall with good play, was very striking. On Saturday evening, the qualifiers will cross swords with their seeded opponents, after which the quarter-finals are scheduled for Sunday afternoon. On Sunday evening it is time for the semi-finals and the final.
Results Friday evening – first round
- Harry Ward 2-6 Darius Labanauskas
- Ian White 5-6 Damon Heta
- Cody Harris 6-2 Dave Chisnall
- Vincent van der Voort 6-0 Joe Cullen
- Jeff Smith 6-5 Fallon Sherrock
- Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Mensur Suljovic
- Glen Durrant 6-3 Dimitri van den Bergh
- Simon Whitlock 5-6 Steve Beaton