World Darts Championship: History beckons for semi-finalists Michael Smith, James Wade, Peter Wright and Gary Anderson | Darts News


Peter Wright faces fellow countryman Gary Anderson in Sunday night’s main event

And then there were four.

The day of the quarter-finals at Alexandra Palace did not disappoint, as the race for the Sid Waddell Trophy intensified.

Gerwyn Price scored a nine darts milestone in the defeat

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Gerwyn Price scored a nine darts milestone in the defeat

Gerwyn Price scored a final nine darts in the defeat

And what formation we have in store for the semifinals.

2022 PDC World Championship semi-finals

Michael Smith vs James Wade
Peter Wright versus Gary Anderson

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So who will be crowned champion?

Wade tries to stop Smith’s wave

James Wade is hoping to avoid further pain in the semifinal. ‘The Machine’ made it to the penultimate stage of the PDC World Championship for the fourth time in its career and for the first time in eight years.

Wade World Championship Semifinals

Year Point Opponent
2009 4-6 Raymond van Barneveld
2012 5-6 Adrian Lewis
2013 4-6 Michael van Gerwen

The 38-year-old has done his business efficiently this year. He only lost one set in wins over Maik Kuivenhoven, Martijn Kleermaker and Mervyn King, while he received a walk-over in the third round after Vincent van der Voort tested positive for Covid-19.

None of his opponents so far have averaged three darts of 90 or more, as he continues to prevail in gritty contests.

He outclassed King in a 5-0 win, but knows the 21st seeded didn’t bring his A-game.

“It wasn’t expected. I thought I had a fair fight on my hands with Mervyn, but I was lucky enough to get away with it. Mervyn didn’t play his game,” he said.

“Merv has beaten me so many times in a row before this. So it’s no secret: he would have been people’s favorite, bookmakers’ favorite. But I was lucky, I beat him here and I did a good job on it. he. “

So can he go ahead and win the world championship?

“I always look at him like that [I can win], “He said.

“I’m not under the radar. It is [other people] that I don’t think I can do it. If I play well, I win. If I play badly, I lose “.

Wade says he shouldn't be underestimated after booking his semi-final spot with a 5-0 win over Mervyn King

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Wade says he shouldn’t be underestimated after booking his semi-final spot with a 5-0 win over Mervyn King

Wade says he shouldn’t be underestimated after booking his semi-final spot with a 5-0 win over Mervyn King

Is it the best we’ve ever seen since “The Bully Boy”?

The constant comment on Michael Smith is if and when he lands a big hit in the PDC. And he could claim his first major title by winning the biggest of the lot.

The ninth seed has been the star of the tournament so far. But having experienced so many near misses in his career, he knows it won’t matter if he fails to cross the line.

So are we seeing another level from Michael Smith this week?

“Gerwyn Price was never behind in the sets of the match until the end. Every time he lifted a set, Michael reacted. It took a lot of resilience, mental strength within Michael Smith to stay focused on the fight. Four times over. he struggled to be balanced. And he was able to finally beat Gerwyn in that last set. ” Sky Sport darts said expert John Part.

“All thanks to him. He had that little [bit] extra at the end “.

“There are some things that have changed for me in this event so far,” Wayne Mardle added. “Smith is winning tight matches that he normally loses. And he’s 50 percent off that double for that match. Under pressure, to be 50 percent, bearing in mind he scored 24 140 and 16 180, if you’ve got 50 percent in. double then, you are entitled to win a match, but still avoided two darts of the match.

“He beat Jonny Clayton in what was a real gem of a game, and he did it again. He overcame two hurdles that maybe, on any given day, he doesn’t. No offense to James Wade, James Wade doesn’t. he played nothing like that. If his level goes down, Michael Smith will be in trouble. If he plays like that, he wins. “

Casual Anderson flying high

Meanwhile, Gary Anderson insisted the best is yet to come, having impressed in the 5-2 win over Luke Humphries.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ produced the goods at the most important moments, as they sealed a place in the semi-final for the sixth time in eight years.

“I played well. I lost a lot of doubles. But that’s the way it is,” he said.

“I have no expectations whatsoever. If I go up there and get beaten, well done to the next guy, and off you go!

“I’m not at my best yet. Around 2030, I could get there!

“I’m saying I don’t care, and I really mean it. But once my foot goes on that stage, I still want to play darts. You still want to win.”

Anderson put on an impressive show with four tons and more of placings during his win over Luke Humphries

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Anderson put on an impressive show with four tons and more of placings during his win over Luke Humphries

Anderson put on an impressive show with four tons and more of placings during his win over Luke Humphries

Can Wright back him up and add the second world title?

Of the four remaining players, Peter Wright is the one who has had the most impressive year leading up to Alexandra Palace.

Snakebite’s averages in Blackpool last July looked like phone numbers as he rushed to the World Matchplay title, and he snapped back into gear in November, claiming the crown of the players’ championship finals.

He’s survived a mixed campaign of Ally Pally so far, but what’s clear is that when the need is greatest, the Scotsman can muster his A-game.

“Peter Wright has found sets in this tournament that you think is unbeatable,” said Mardle. “Then he had a small flaw. But Peter Wright is a champion. And he won that game (against Callan Rydz) thanks to his champion class.”

“I have a lot more gears to go through and so does Gary. If we both show up, which hopefully both of us, then Sky and the audience are ready for a fantastic game of darts. We’ll just be throwing everything at each other,” he promised. Snakebite.

“I already think I’ll become a double world champion, whether it’s this year or not, I don’t know, we’ll see!”

And facing his former teammate at the World Cup adds another layer of intrigue.

“I was exhausted that we didn’t play the World Cup to win it back, but me and Big John [Henderson] went to do business for Scotland, ”Wright said.

“We are partners of the World Cup me and Gary, but tomorrow there will be enemies on stage, so I can’t wait.”

The field four of the PDC World Cup will be halved on Sunday evening, with two more epic encounters shaping up. You won’t want to lose it.

Watch Michael Smith vs. James Wade and Peter Wright vs. Gary Anderson in the 2022 PDC World Championship semi-finals live on Sky Sports Darts from 7:30 pm Sunday.

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