Sydney Darts Masters: Kyle Anderson shocks Simon Whitlock
Last Updated: 29/08/14 4:46pm
Kyle Anderson: Semi-finalist in Sydney
Kyle Anderson claimed the biggest win of his career so far as he beat Simon Whitlock 8-3 in the quarter-finals of the Sydney Darts Masters.
Anderson followed up Thursday's superb first round comeback win over Raymond van Barneveld by knocking out his fellow Australian with another thrilling performance.
He opened up an early 3-0 lead in front of a capacity Hordern Pavilion crowd before Whitlock closed the gap to 4-3.
However, Whitlock crucially missed his chance to level in the eighth leg and Anderson pounced on double seven to lead 5-3 and then raced to victory.
"It feels brilliant," said Anderson. "It's the most significant win of my career so far.
"I knew that I had to start well tonight because Simon's a great player, but he missed a few doubles in the opening couple of legs and I took mine, and I just ran with it from there.
"Once I got the first couple of legs I didn't want to let him back in. He got a couple of legs but I kept it going and went all the way."
Anderson now faces reigning champion Phil Taylor in Saturday's semi-finals.
Taylor produced the tournament's most outstanding display so far as he averaged 110 in a stunning 8-2 win over Dave Chisnall, who hit four 180s and averaged 101 in reply.
"I'm delighted to get through that game," said Taylor. "Dave kept fighting back and you can't afford to let him off the hook, and I was trying my socks off tonight.
"I'm here to win the tournament and somebody's going to have to play very well to beat me. It's a new day tomorrow and I can't wait for it."
James Wade followed up Thursday's 6-1 win over Shane Tichowitsch with another strong display of finishing as he overcame Warren Parry 8-2, with the New Zealand No 1 unable to repeat the heroics of his first round comeback against Michael van Gerwen.
Wade now takes on Stephen Bunting who continued his fine debut in the PDC's World Series of Darts with an 8-6 win over Peter Wright in a tight tussle.