Gary Anderson produced one of his best performances at the World Darts Championship in recent years to make the semi finals of the event.
The two time previous winner of the tournament swept aside Dirk Van Duijvenbode 5-1 in the quarter finals. Anderson lost the opening set, but won 15 out of the next 19 legs to see off The Titan and book a place in the last four.
The Flying Scotsman had the darts in the first set, but surrendered a 14 dart break of throw in the first leg to Van Duijvenbode. It would prove to be costly, as the Aubergenius found two straight holds to take a 1-0 lead.
However, that would be the only blot on an otherwise perfect day for Anderson. He broke the Van Duijvenbode throw in 14 darts in the first leg, and while the Dutchman broke back, he reeled off two straight legs to level up the contest.
The two time World Champion took control of the match after the second interval. He reeled off the third set 3-0 in 48 darts, denying his opponent a shot at a double in all three legs. It took Van Duijvenbode until the third leg of the fourth to get another chance at the outer ring, but missed double 18 for a 115. Anderson then came back and found double seven for his eighth straight leg, winning the fourth set 3-0 in 43 darts and going 3-1 up.
Two more legs followed for The Flying Scotsman at the start of the fifth set, including a tops tops finish for a fantastic 131 checkout. Despite Van Duijvenbode getting his first leg in 11 to make it 2-1, he could not capitalise on three missed darts from Anderson to level and force a decider. Anderson then came back and hit double ten, to win the set 3-1 and go within one of the match.
The sixth set was the tightest of the contest. Anderson broke in the opening leg, before Van Duijvenbode hit a 109 to break back and level. Two further holds followed to set up a deciding leg, where the Scot left 40 after 12. Despite a 180 to leave five from the Dutchman, Anderson would ping tops for a 13 darter to win the set 3-2 and the match 5-1, averaging 101 in the process.
It’s an important win for Anderson, as it guarantees he will be in the world’s top 16 at the start of the 2021 season. It’s also his fifth appearance in the semi finals of this event in the last seven years, and he’ll play either Michael van Gerwen or Dave Chisnall tomorrow evening for a chance to make the 2021 World Darts Championship Final.
Words: Jarleth Eaton
Photos: Lawrence Lustig/PDC