That was fast. Although he Three-Dart average of the previous Darts the world Cup was played with “only” 101,12 points his weakest, has left the low countries Michael van Gerwen to his quarter-final opponent Ryan Joyce no Chance. At the end won the “Mighty Mike” 5:1 (3:0, 3:1, 2:3, 3:2, 3:1, 3:1) and moved without great effort in the semi-final round.

There, van Gerwen hits on Sunday (20 PM, TV: Sport1, live Ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE) on the “Flying Scotsman” Gary Anderson , which ruled in his Match against Dave Chisnall 5:2 (3:0, 3:1, 3:2, 2:3, 3:1, 2:3, 3:2) . The duel between van Gerwen and Anderson is the early final. Both have the world title ever won twice (van Gerwen in 2014 and 2017, Anderson, in 2015 and 2016) and after the surprising retirement of defending champion Rob Cross-the only reigning world champion in the field.

In the second semi-final hits secret favourite Michael Smith on the 27-year-old Nathan Aspinall , has managed in his first world Cup participation sensational in the round of the best Four. Should succeed with two further Victories, in fact, the big hit, he would repeat the feat of the Cross from the previous year, won his first world championship title.

In the quarter-finals Aspinall 5:1 (3:0, 3:2, 3:1, 3:1, 0:3, 3:1) won against Brendan Dolan. Smith also won 5:1 (3:1, 3:0, 0:3, 3:1, 3:2, 3:1) against Luke Humphries, who had switched off in the first knockout round Cross.

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