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Coral UK Open Goes to Lewis

ADRIAN LEWIS claimed the fourth major title of his career with a sensational 11-1 victory over Terry Jenkins in the Coral UK Open final at the Butlins Minehead Resort on Sunday night. Lewis followed up his back-to-back World Championship triumphs in 2011 and 2012 and last year’s European Championship win with another major title as he took the £50,000 first prize by winning through the 138-player field in the UK Open.

The Stoke ace had defeated Raymond van Barneveld with a brilliant performance in Saturday’s Fifth Round and continued that form against Mensur Suljovic and Mervyn King on Sunday as he powered into the final with 10-3 and 10-6 victories. However, he saved his best performance for the decider as he stormed to the title – averaging around 110 for the majority of a heavy-scoring clash, hitting six 180s and three 177 scores.

He also took out a 121 finish and reeled off nine successive legs as he secured victory, with a pair of 14-dart finishes in the final two legs seeing him average 109.13 in completing the heaviest win in a UK Open final. “I’m so happy right now and it means a lot to me to win this,” said Lewis. “It’s my first major of the year but I feel like I can go on to win a lot more now. “This is the first time I’ve got past the quarter-finals in this tournament, so to go on and win it is a massive achievement for me. It’s been a really tough weekend but I’ve dug in deep and took my chances, and I’m delighted with how I played in the final. I’ve been playing like that in the floor tournaments in the last few months and I wanted to take it onto the stage.

“Terry’s been playing some awesome darts too and he’s taken the form of the last few months into this final, and I had to hit him straight away and I knew I’d have to play that well – but if he keeps this going he could win a major this year.” Lewis hit tops to break throw in the final’s opening leg before following a 180 by posting the same double to move two legs up, before Jenkins got off the mark in the game’s third leg, after his opponent missed two darts to continue his charge. The pair traded 180s in the fourth leg as Lewis hit tops to deny his opponent a chance to level, before a superb 121 checkout moved him 4-1 up. Lewis posted a 177 and a 97 finish in an 11-darter to win a third successive leg, hit tops to win the next and traded 180s once again with Jenkins in the eighth, as double ten moved him 7-1 ahead.

Lewis then hit two 180s to Jenkins’ one as he took out 81 for a 12-darter to lead by seven legs, and when the Ledbury ace missed tops for a 116 finish in the next a double eight checkout pushed the Stoke ace into a 9-1 advantage. The 29-year-old then secured the title in style with back-to-back 14-dart legs, taking out 87 to complete one of the finest displays in the tournament’s history. Jenkins, appearing in his eighth televised final, was left to again rue his luck as major honours eluded him once more, although he took home £25,000 as runner-up and enjoyed an outstanding 10-8 win over World Champion Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals.

“Adrian was brilliant there in the final and he never gave me a chance,” admitted Jenkins, who also qualifies for November’s Grand Slam of Darts by reaching the decider. “He was relentless and he whacked everything in there, and I couldn’t keep up with him. “I was leaving a double after 12 darts in some legs and not getting a look-in! Fair play to him because he deserved the title with a performance like that, but I’m proud of what I’ve done this weekend to reach the final.

“I’ve been playing well for the last few months and the small changes I’ve made to my darts are paying off. “I hope I can win a major title eventually – I’d always said I’d retire when I got to 50 and that would have been six months ago, so this is a bonus! I’ll always keep plugging away and hopefully it will happen for me next time.” Jenkins’ semi-final win over Michael van Gerwen denied the Dutchman a third successive major ranking title, following last year’s Players Championship Finals triumph in Minehead and his World Championship win on New Year’s Day.

The world number one had enjoyed a 10-8 quarter-final victory over Ian White earlier on Sunday, and though he fought back from 5-1 down against Jenkins in the last four to level, he was forced to settle for £12,500 prize money. King also took home £12,500 as he reached his first UK Open semi-final, with his run over the weekend seeing him complete the notable achievement of having reached the quarter-finals of every major tournament in the sport. King defied the pain of an ongoing battle to recover from a bout of sciatica in his back in winning through to the semi-finals in Minehead, and said: “I’ve been working really hard and it’s paying off.

“Nobody likes losing and we all play to win, but I was adamant that Adrian wouldn’t walk all over me. He started off like that but I was determined to fight all the way and I’m not downbeat at all. “I’m a work in progress and I feel miles better than I did 18 months ago. I’ve put such a lot of work in and it’s starting to work, and I’m seeing that in my performance.” The tournament had moved to the Butlins Minehead Resort following a decade in Bolton, with 4,500 fans packing the Somerset venue throughout the weekend alongside the field of professional stars and Rileys Amateur Qualifiers.

2014 Coral UK Open Semi-Finals
Terry Jenkins 10-8 Michael van Gerwen
Mervyn King 6-10 Adrian Lewis
Final
Terry Jenkins 1-11 Adrian Lewis
Terry Jenkins v Adrian Lewis
0-1 – Lewis lands tops to break throw immediately.
0-2 – Lewis posts a 180 before hitting tops to double his lead.
1-2 – Lewis opens with a 177, but misses two darts to win the leg as Jenkins replies on double top.
1-3 – The pair trade 180s before Lewis posts tops to regain his lead, maintaining an average above 103.
1-4 – Jenkins replies with a 180, but Lewis finishes 121 with an outer bull, treble 20, double 18 combination.
1-5 – Lewis fires in another 177 before takes out 97 on tops to move his average up to 110.
1-6 – Lewis posts his third 180 of the game and hits tops for a five-leg lead.
1-7 – The duo trade maximums before double ten sees Lewis win a fifth successive leg.
1-8 – Lewis opens with a 180, with Jenkins replying with a maximum only for Lewis to add another 180 before finishing 81 on the bull for a 12-darter to move three legs away from the win.
1-9 – Lewis fires in a third 177 of the game, initially missing two darts at double 19 before punishing a miss at tops from Jenkins for a 116 checkout by taking out double eight, moving two legs away from a fourth major title.
1-10 – Double 16 moves Lewis one leg away from the triumph.
1-11 – Lewis seals victory by taking out 87 for an 11-dart leg, securing the Coral UK Open title and a fourth major win.
 
Terry Jenkins 1-11 Adrian Lewis
15 100+ 15
6 140+ 4
0 170+ 3
4 180 6
93.15 Average 109.13
56 High Finish 121
0 Breaks of Throw 5
1/3 – 33% Checkout % 11/19 – 58%
 
Friday March 7
Afternoon Session (11.45am-5pm)
Preliminary, First & Second Rounds
Preliminary Round
Carl Green 3-5 Lionel Sams
Brian Woods 3-5 Dean Stewart
Paul Whitworth 0-5 Rhys Griffin
Alan Tabern 1-5 Tony Randell
Martin Stead 5-3 Alan Casey
Kevin McDine 5-2 Aaron Holdstock
Ian Jones 3-5 Simon Stevenson
James Young 3-5 David O’Brien
Nathan Derry 5-2 Jason Mold
William Naylor 4-5 Sam Allen
First Round
Glenn Spearing 2-5 Antonio Alcinas
Kevin Taylor 1-5 Arron Monk
Raymond van Barneveld 5-3 Tony Broughton
Kyle Anderson 4-5 Kevin McDine
Dennis Smith 5-1 Mark Hylton
Ewan Hyslop 5-4 Steve Brown
Alan Derrett 5-2 Jyhan Artut
Ben Burton 4-5 Michael Mansell
Steve Douglas 3-5 Johnny Haines
James Hubbard 5-4 Jeff Batham
Joe Murnan 5-0 Shaun Lovett
Dean Reynolds 4-5 Martin Stead
Conan Whitehead 4-5 Aden Kirk
Mark Cox 5-4 Shaun Narain
Lionel Sams 5-3 Chris Aubrey
Rhys Griffin 3-5 Karl Merchant
Adam Cousins 2-5 Paul Hogan
Pete Dyos 3-5 William O’Connor
Adam Hunt 5-3 Michael Malone
Dean Stewart 5-0 Graham Dando
Andy Boulton 5-2 Jonathan Worsley
Matthew Edgar 5-1 Matt Clark
Jason Lovett 3-5 Simon Stevenson
Tony Randell 5-1 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Benito van de Pas 5-3 Doug Thompson
Jim Hill 1-5 Alex Roy
Sam Allen 5-3 Chris Mackie
Nathan Derry 4-5 Gerwyn Price
Nigel Daniels 5-3 Scott Bennett
Mick Baker 4-5 Mick Todd
Kevin Dowling 5-4 Chris Dobey
David Dodds 5-1 David O’Brien
 
Second Round
John Henderson 1-5 Jelle Klaasen
Keegan Brown 3-5 Mensur Suljovic
Ian White 5-4 Daryl Gurney
Paul Hogan 5-0 John Part
Steve Maish 5-0 Ben Ward
Ronny Huybrechts 5-0 Adrian Gray
Jason Hogg 5-4 Wayne Jones
Martin Stead 2-5 Raymond  van Barneveld
Garry Spedding 2-5 David Pallett
Dennis Smith 2-5 Peter Hudson
Ewan Hyslop 2-5 Kevin McDine
Alex Roy 5-4 Tony Newell
John Bowles 1-5 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Rocco Maes 5-2 Nigel Daniels
Alan Derrett 3-5 Adam Hunt
Sam Allen 3-5 Ross Smith
Andy Boulton 5-4 Josh Payne
James Hubbard 5-3 Steve Hine
Arron Monk 4-5 Karl Merchant
Benito van de Pas 5-3 David Dodds
Nigel Heydon 5-4 Johnny Haines
Dave Weston 3-5 Mick Todd
Antonio Alcinas 5-3 Matthew Edgar
Lionel Sams 4-5 Joe Murnan
Michael Barnard 1-5 Stuart Kellett
Tony Randell 5-4 Steve West
Jamie Caven 3-5 Kevin Dowling
Michael Mansell 5-2 Dean Stewart
Mark Cox 1-5 Darren Webster
Ian Lever 3-5 William O’Connor
Aden Kirk 5-2 Gerwen Price
Simon Stevenson 5-3 Mark Barilli

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Peter Wright 9-8 Michael Smith
Ronnie Baxter 5-9 Adrian Lewis
Aden Kirk 9-7 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 9-1 James Hubbard
Kevin Dowling 8-9 Stephen Bunting
Justin Pipe 7-9 Dave Chisnall
Kevin Painter 9-5 Richie Burnett
Raymond van Barneveld 9-3 Mick Todd
James Wade 9-1 Michael Mansell
Steve Beaton 6-9 Brendan Dolan
Adam Hunt 5-9 Paul Nicholson
Terry Jenkins 9-4 Stuart Kellett
Mark Webster 9-5 Mark Walsh
Kevin McDine 8-9 David Pallett
Andy Smith 3-9 Gary Anderson
Steve Maish 1-9 Nigel Heydon
Ronny Huybrechts 9-6 Simon Whitlock
Jamie Lewis 9-8 William O’Connor
Robert Thornton 9-3 Jason Hogg
Mensur Suljovic 9-3 Tony Randell
Paul Hogan 9-3 Benito van de Pas
Christian Kist 9-2 Antonio Alcinas
Andrew Gilding Bye (Wes Newton withdrew through illness)
Dirk van Duijvenbode 8-9 Joe Murnan
Kim Huybrechts 9-5 Ross Smith
Peter Hudson 8-9 Ian White
Andy Boulton 2-9 Dean Winstanley
Nick Fullwell 1-9 Alex Roy
Darren Webster 6-9 Vincent van der Voort
Rocco Maes 6-9 Simon Stevenson
Karl Merchant 4-9 Mervyn King
Andy Hamilton 9-8 Jelle Klaasen

 
Saturday March 8
Afternoon Session (11.45am-5pm)

Fourth Round (Last 32)
James Wade 9-5 Kim Huybrechts
Vincent van der Voort 8-9 Christian Kist
Michael van Gerwen 9-5 Andy Hamilton
Aden Kirk 9-5 Peter Wright
Ronny Huybrechts 8-9 Adrian Lewis
Paul Nicholson 5-9 Terry Jenkins
Raymond van Barneveld 9-3 Joe Murnan
Dave Chisnall 4-9 Mervyn King
Dean Winstanley 9-6 Stephen Bunting
Alex Roy 5-9 Ian White
Nigel Heydon 7-9 Brendan Dolan
Kevin Painter 9-4 Andrew Gilding
Mensur Suljovic 9-7 Robert Thornton
Gary Anderson 9-5 David Pallett
Jamie Lewis 9-5 Simon Stevenson
Mark Webster 9-8 Paul Hogan
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Fifth Round (Last 16)
Brendan Dolan 9-7 Aden Kirk
Terry Jenkins 9-8 James Wade
Michael van Gerwen 9-4 Mark Webster
Adrian Lewis 9-2 Raymond van Barneveld
Mensur Suljovic 9-5 Jamie Lewis
Gary Anderson 7-9 Ian White
Mervyn King 9-6 Christian Kist
Kevin Painter 9-5 Dean Winstanley
Sunday March 9
Afternoon Session
Quarter-Finals
Kevin Painter 6-10 Mervyn King
Terry Jenkins 10-4 Brendan Dolan
Adrian Lewis 10-3 Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Ian White

Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
Semi-Finals
Terry Jenkins 10-8 Michael van Gerwen
Mervyn King 6-10 Adrian Lewis

Final
Terry Jenkins 1-11 Adrian Lewis

Format
Preliminary/First/Second Rounds – best of nine legs
Third Round – best of 17 legs
Fourth Round – best of 17 legs
Fifth Round – best of 17 legs
Quarter-Finals – best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – best of 19 legs
Final – best of 21 legs

Prize Money
Winner £50,000
Runner-Up £25,000
Semi-Finalists £12,500
Quarter-Finalists £7,500
Fifth Round Losers £5,000
Fourth Round Losers £3,000
Third Round Losers £1,000
Total £250,000

 

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