CLINICAL WRIGHT SETS UP SULJOVIC SEMI-FINAL AT BETVICTOR WORLD MATCHPLAY
PETER WRIGHT produced a stunning display of finishing as he reached the BetVictor World Matchplay semi-finals alongside Mensur Suljovic in Blackpool on Friday night.
World number two Wright was in clinical mood as he secured an impressive 16-5 win over Simon Whitlock in their quarter-final at the Winter Gardens.
Night Seven of the prestigious Blackpool event saw last year's runner-up Wright reach the semi-finals for the third time in four years thanks to an incredible 76 percent accuracy on the doubles - winning his final 11 legs without missing a checkout.
Wright took control of the tie early on and never allowed Whitlock to gain a foothold in the contest as the world number two moved a step closer to lifting the Phil Taylor Trophy.
"I wasn't really feeling it tonight until just before I went on stage and then I got my focus," said Wright, who will face Suljovic in Saturday's semi-final.
"I wanted a lot more tonight but I was struggling a bit in the heat which affected my darts. I've been practicing my finishing a lot so it was pleasing to be so accurate on my doubles.
"Simon is always capable of running off a number of legs so I had to keep my concentration to stay in front and keep him under as much pressure as I could.
"The main thing was I got the win but I will have to be better to win the tournament."
Wright took the ascendancy early on, blowing Whitlock away as he raced into a 5-0 lead, and then continued his dominance to lead 8-2 at the second break.
Whitlock never stopped fighting, typified by his showpiece 132 checkout to keep the tie alive at 15-5, but the result was never in doubt for the ruthless Wright.
The Scottish ace rounded off a magnificent performance with an 82 finish on the bull to seal the biggest quarter-final winning margin since 2011.
Earlier in the evening, Suljovic won through to his first World Matchplay semi-final thanks to a hard-fought 16-10 victory over Darren Webster.
The Austrian star started brightly, taking a commanding 4-1 lead before Webster fought his way back to 4-4 and then went ahead for the first time at 5-4.
Suljovic regained the lead at 6-5 but a resilient Webster, who was appearing in his second consecutive Blackpool quarter-final, stuck with the three-time World Matchplay quarter-finalist.
A crucial break of throw was struck by Suljovic to go 13-10 up and the world number six then reeled off the next three legs to book his place in the last four.
"It's a good feeling and I'm so happy," said Suljovic.
"My game wasn't the best today but I never gave up. Darren is such a good player and it was a very hard match.
"I promised my son a new pair of trainers if I won so he was going crazy!"
Statistics - Quarterfinals 2
|101.35||3||16/21 ||Wright ||16:5||Whitlock||96.14||6||5/13|