World Grand Prix: Van Gerwen loses to Chisnall; Taylor, Wade and Pipe win in Dublin
Last Updated: 13/10/13 2:16pm
Defending World Grand Prix champion Michael van Gerwen was eliminated by Dave Chisnall while there were quarter-final wins for Phil Taylor, James Wade and Justin Pipe.
Van Gerwen fought back bravely to level the match at two sets all after falling behind 2-0, but the comeback fell just short as Chisnall held his nerve to claim the fifth and deciding set.
The script did not go to plan for van Gerwen in the opening set with the champion broken twice as Chisnall claimed all three legs in the blink of an eye.
Friday's Grand Prix results
Hamilton 1-3 Pipe
Wade 3-2 Whitlock
Taylor 3-0 Anderson
Van Gerwen 2-3 Chisnall
Van Gerwen finally held his throw in the second leg, but he was unable to save the set as Chisnall broke again in the fourth leg, hitting double tops with his first dart.
The Dutchman survived the third set by the skin of his teeth as he checked out 127 in the deciding leg to force a fourth set.
Chisnall looked in pole position for the win when he raced into a 2-0 led only for van Gerwen to strike back, with Chisnall squandering a dart in the fourth leg to knock the Dutchman out. Van Gerwen held his throw in the final leg to level the sets at two apiece.
Chisnall re-gathered himself to break van Gerwen in the opening leg of the fifth set. He then checked out 86 to double his advantage. Van Gerwen held, but he was eliminated in the next leg as Chisnall found the double 10.
"I'm over the moon, I can't believe it," Chisnall told Sky Sports. "He didn't play his best, but I played quite good. This is my best win because it got me into the semi-finals. I put my A game in today."
Phil 'The Power' Taylor made light work of Gary Anderson, beating the Scot 3-0 in double quick time.
Anderson struggled with the opening double, meaning he was behind to the world number one in most of the legs.
Taylor won the first four legs of the match to take the first set before Anderson finally held his throw in the second game of the second set. However, Taylor held and then broke to race into a 2-0 lead.
Anderson did hold his throw to open the third set, but five missed darts at double four with the leg balanced at one apiece proved the beginning of the end. Taylor broke and swiftly held to complete the one-sided win.
"There's only one way of playing Gary. Like Gary says 'don't miss," commented Taylor. "That's the way you've got to play him. He missed a couple of doubles at the wrong time and let me in."
James 'The Machine' Wade fought back from two sets to one down to claim a 3-2 success over world number four Simon Whitlock.
Whitlock took the opening set only for Wade to hit back in the second before the Australian re-took the lead by winning the third set 3-0.
Whitlock was unable to break Wade in the fourth meaning the match went into a deciding fifth. Again Wade fought back from 2-1 down to win the final legs and secure his place in the final four.
"The last leg and the last set I was really lucky. I should have had the first set," said Wade. "I'm quite fortunate I get quite lucky in the game of darts. I get lucky at the right times so that's good."
Earlier in the evening Justin Pipe, who toppled Adrian Lewis on Thursday, was the first man to secure his spot in the semi-finals following a 3-1 triumph over Andy 'The Hammer' Hamilton.
Missing the opening double cost Hamilton dear with Pipe taking a two-set lead. Hamilton came to life in the third and came close to taking the fourth before Pipe clinched the set with a second break against the throw.