World Grand Prix: Phil Taylor on track for 11th title after easy semi-final win in Dublin
Last Updated: October 14, 2013 3:09pm
Phil Taylor: Claimed easy victory over disappointing Wade
Phil Taylor will play Dave Chisnall in the final of the World Grand Prix in Dublin after cruising past James Wade.
Taylor - a 10-time winner of this event - didn't need to be anywhere near his best as he romped to a 5-1 victory at City West Hotel.
Wade matched Taylor for 180s (five each) but his finishing was poor throughout. He hit just one one of his first 11 shots at a closing double and that allowed Taylor to move 2-0 clear for the loss of just a single leg.
There was a brief rally from Wade in the third set which he took 3-1 but Taylor always looked in control and closed the match out with little fuss.
Taylor said afterwards: "I feel good. James didn't click. He was gone. It's the first time I've ever seen him gone to be honest with you. He just gave up.
"I don't think that's fair on people who've probably had a bet on him."
Taylor was also prickly in interview later when reminded that Chisnall knocked him out of the World Championship in 2011.
"I won the World Championship last year. Why don't you remind me about that one?"
Chisnall reached his first major PDC final after a 5-2 victory over Taunton's Justin Pipe.
Pipe took the opening set 3-1 before Chisnall levelled in the second, aided by Pipe miscalculating on his checkout in leg three and throwing at the wrong double.
But after Pipe had moved in front again by taking the third set 3-1, Chisnall kicked clear.
Although he never hit the heights that helped him stun defending champion Michael van Gerwen in the last eight, the world no.7 reeled off the next four sets.
Chisnall, who hit ten 180s, said: "It feels good. The game wasn't a good game, a lot of scrappy darts.
"I think we just had too much respect for each other."