Gabriel Clemens narrowly lost the German Darts Masters final in Cologne and thus missed a big surprise. The 35-year-old from Saarwellingen was defeated after a superb tournament in front of over 10,000 spectators against the Scottish Peter Wright with 6: 8. Wright scored his second success in the German World Series tournament after 2017, earning 20,000 pounds (about 22,275 euros) in prize money.
Clemens, who played his first final in a television tournament, can console himself with half. “At the moment, of course, the disappointment outweighs, but tomorrow everything should be okay again. I think I can be very proud of myself, “Clemens told the Sports Information Service (sid):” In the final, I realized that I'm not used to doing three games in one day. “
The world ranking-56. was shown on the two tournament days in fantastic shape. In the first round on Friday he threw the five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld (Netherlands) out of the tournament, in the quarterfinals won the “German Giant” against the world rankings second Rob Cross from England. In the semifinals, he also mastered the hurdle Mensur Suljovic. The Austrian had won the tournament last year.
The German darts professionals presented themselves at home game as strong as ever. Three players survived the opening round. Besides Clemens, these were Martin Schindler (Strausberg) and Nico Kurz (Nidderau). Schindler defeated sensationally World Champion Michael van Gerwen (Netherlands), Kurz also won surprisingly against two-time champion Gary Anderson (Scotland). Both Schindler and Kurz then failed in the quarterfinals.
Germany's top player Max Hopp (Kottengrün) also performed well but lost to Cross in the first round despite a superb point-to-point. For the 22-year-old from next weekend the World Matchplay in the English Blackpool is the next major highlight on the program.
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