Darts star Mensur Suljovic attempted an unbelievable nine dart finish at the Players Championship 25. The Serbian has returned as of late with new darts, shirt and a new impetus seemingly to return to the old maverick Austrian ace and that has been on full show during this event.
Facing Scott Williams, Suljovic attempted a repeat of his unconventional nine-dart finish from 2016 when 'The Gentle' used two 170's and a 161. Against Williams, he went 170 and then slid inside the single 20 going for another bull to set up the shot. This prompted a response from the shocked commentators after witnessing his audacious effort.
“Look at that from Mensur Suljovic”, one said during the leg, before another quipped: “He’s not doing it to be a showman, he’s doing it because he’s mentally disturbed, he's an unwell man. It makes no sense.” The 50-year-old won the leg to go up 4-3 in the match, but ultimately lost the tight encounter 6-5.
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The quarter-finals are confirmed at Players Championship 25 with Gerwyn Price and Luke Humphries the top names left in the field in Barnsley. Price eased past Michael Smith in a 6-2 win and will now face Mervyn King who edged past Peter Wright in a 6-5 win denying the darting public a clash between the top two players in the world.
Humphries meanwhile, will face Dave Chisnall who has been in superb form during 2022, as has Damon Heta who will look to go back-to-back after winning in Gibraltar. He has Dutch youngster Gian van Veen in his sights. As we head toward the end of the year, PDC chief executive Matt Porter says it is imperative that darts’ top players manage their schedules carefully to avoid burnout after confirming a busy January for the sport.
But many of the biggest names in darts will have their hands full after the PDC confirmed two World Series of Darts events for January, including its first-ever tournament in Bahrain. The Bahrain Darts Masters will take place on January 12-13 and will be swiftly followed by the Nordic Darts Masters in Copenhagen on January 20-21.
When put to Porter that January is usually a holiday period for players, he toldOnline Darts TV:“They can choose to get on holiday. No one’s got a gun to their head being forced to go to these events. No one is being forced to play in any events.
“If a player wants to go on holiday, as I’ve said on plenty of occasions, they’re perfectly within their rights. And I would encourage them to go on holiday because you can’t play in everything, or you’ll be knackered. So manage your calendar, manage your schedule. If you need to miss something, then choose what you want to miss.
“Some of the well-managed players will miss events because it’s the right thing to do. Take some family time, some time away from the pressure, the media, the fans. Just unwind and come back fresher. You can’t have a player getting to September and October being exhausted because they’ve played every week.”
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