Darts World Cup: Clemens fails in semi-final, van Gerwen sovereign

Status: 2023-02-01 23:52

of Germany shooting star Gabriel Clemens missed the World Cup of Darts final. The Sarrois held out for a long time on Monday (01/02/23), but then had to give up MichelSmith of England with 2:6 beaten. Smith’s opponent is Dutchman Michael van Gerwen, who dispatched opponent Dimitri van den Bergh with a white wash.

As in recent days, hundreds of German supporters were in action on Monday Alexandra Palace. While local hero Smith received a few whistles as soon as he entered, the German underdog joined in the first set “Oh, Gabriel Clemens”– celebrated songs.

Clemens coldly exploits Smith’s weakness

Favorite Michael Smith impressed from the start with a streak of 180 – but only the spectators, but not “Gaga” Clemens. The first sentence quickly went to Smith. But in the middle of the second set, the fourth in the world ranking showed his first weakness: instead of winning the second set with a double 15, the Englishman threw away three tickets. Clemens was there immediately, I understood legs and managed to even the set a bit later with a double 16.

Gabriel Clemens’ sports coach Oliver Muelbredt talks about the personality of the “German giant” in an interview with Sportschau.

At 1-1 in the third set, Smith made an impact, ending game three with a high finish of 144 points. But the Sarrois, who is currently causing the most sensation, continued to play with consistency: Smith’s 180 counterattack. But this time it was the bearded Briton who took advantage of Clemens’ miss on a double 20 and closed the third set.

No gross errors

Clear indication of the high level of this first semi-final of the 2023 World Cup in “AllyPally“: Until the fifth set only in the second round Pause and one re-break. After Clemens won the fourth set, Smith quickly pulled away at 2-0 after the sets and made it 3-2 in record time.

The 39-year-old German couldn’t really break away again, but often missed a high score in important passages. Smith, who was seven years her junior, took advantage and scored high. In the end, the Briton had 19,180 – the maximum number per attempt.

Set #6 at Smith

Winning the 6th set was the crucial point of the match. Clemens lost his set start and he quickly fell behind 0:2 in the seventh set. Although the German struggled, the seventh round also went to the cockscomb man. Clemens kept his levelbut Smith continued to excel and gave the German almost no chance to break.

The Englishman quickly took the seventh and confidently closed the eighth set to make it 6:2. Smith reached the World Cup final for the third time after 2019 and 2022. “Michael Smith deserved to win. He always gave me difficult tasks”Clemens told Sport1 after the game, “He bombarded me with 180s and 140s. Now the disappointment is there but the best player won today.”

19th in the world ranking and another record

From “german giants“, like the German 1.91 m from the association PDC is nominated, returns home with a prize money of 112,000 euros. After the World Cup he was ranked 19th in the world and thus higher than any German darts player before. With eleven 180s in a World Cup match, Clemens also set a new German record.

Van Gerwen second runner-up

The Dutch darts star did it late Monday night Michel van Gerwen perfect entry into the final. “MVG“Dmitri van den Bergh of Belgium outclassed 6-0.

Michael Van Gerwen celebrates

The last match for the world title starts on Tuesday (01.03.23) at 9 p.m. The winner will not only be 500,000 pounds (about 565,000 euros) and the 25 kilograms Sid Waddell Trophy win, but also the new world number one. This status is granted to the Welsh GerwynPrice to lose. For van Gerwen, after 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2020, this will be the sixth final of the biggest and richest tournament in the world. Sole record champion PhilTaylor (England) has played in more PDC World Championship finals than the Dutchman.

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