PHIL TAYLOR and Dave Chisnall will compete in the final of the partypoker.com World Grand Prix on Sunday night, following their semi-final victories over James Wade and Justin Pipe at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Taylor continued his bid for an 11th World Grand Prix victory with an imperious 5-1 defeat of two-time champion James Wade in their last four contest.
The World Champion took the game’s first two sets before Wade hit back in the third, but the fourth proved crucial as Taylor punished his opponent for a string of missed starting doubles by taking the set without reply to move 3 – 1 up. Taylor then took the next six legs without reply, hitting finishes of 110 and 100 as he sealed his place in the final with an impressive 96.55 average.
“To be in the final is a dream come true,” said Taylor. “It would be my 11th title if I can win this and I’m there in the final. “I feel good and it was a steady performance. I didn’t think James came out of the blocks as well as he could have. He showed patches of what he can do but he didn’t click.”
Chisnall, meanwhile, won through to his first major PDC final with a 5-2 comeback win over Justin Pipe. Pipe started the better in their semi-final clash by taking the opening set 3-1, with Chisnall levelling by winning the second in the same manner only for the Taunton ace to take the third by the same scoreline. Chisnall, though, punished missed doubles from Pipe as he took set four 3-1, and he then swept through the fifth without reply to lead for the first time.
Chisnall then took the sixth set 3-1 as he took his tally of 180s for the game to nine, and he added a tenth in the seventh set as he took the first two legs before landing double four to seal a fine comeback and his place in the final.
“I’m over the moon to win that because it was a tough game,” said Chisnall. “From the start I wasn’t getting off with my starting doubles and I couldn’t get a rhythm. When I found a rhythm, I started hitting the 180s and that kept me in the game – my doubles were terrible and that’s what I’ll be practising on tomorrow!
“I’ve beaten Phil before and I know what I have to do, but it’s a different story in a double-start tournament. It’s a little bit harder, and I’ll work on my game in the practice room on Sunday afternoon. “It would be wonderful to win this title but I’ve got another game yet.”THE partypoker.com World Grand Prix semi-finals take place tonight at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin, with places in Sunday’s decider on offer at the event.
Icemans View / Dave Chisnall v Justin Pipe One of these two players will get to their first PDC Major final and who knows even their first win, Chisnall who is already up to World No 7 and with a title here in Ireland up to World No 4 if Wade doesnt get to the Final. Should now get a Premier League place! Dave will obviously be on a massive high after beating reigning champion van Gerwen in last nights quarter-final. If he has learnt anything from previous experience’s he should know that was just a quarter-final win and the the main hard work is still there to be done. We all know he has the talent, but his previous doubles demons didnt let him down and despite a comeback from van Gerwen he kept up his belief and high scoring to get over the line. he has had some good results recently including his European Tour win. Pipe in his second semi-final after the players championships in December has been hanging around the top 10 for a while and will certainly rise with his exploits this week but how high. Can Chisnall handle the slower playing from Pipe, as his fluency is his main atribute. Longer format now in the semi’s. Prediction Chisnall 5-2 Pipe / Actual Score Chisnall 5-2 Pipe
Phil Taylor v James Wade Two former winners, and both with the ability, experience and prowess to win not just this match but the title. Wade who sometimes goes under the radar despite being a 7 times PDC Title winner is back to his best and keeps his composure in tight games and situations. Taylor, well he’s written the book and sold the T-Shirt so to speak. Wade, when at his best does hang around against Taylor for his chance which as we know are few and far between. Whoever wins here should be also thinking of the title, which can be dangerous. Prediction Taylor 5-3 Wade / Actual Score Taylor 5-1 Wade
Dave Chisnall 5-2 Justin Pipe
First Set – 1-3 Pipe
Chisnall took the first leg on tops after Pipe missed the bull, but the Taunton ace replied to level on double five and then broke throw by finishing 92 on the bull in leg three. Pipe then hit a 180 in leg four, before landing double ten to take the set.
Second Set – 3-1 Chisnall
Pipe takes advantage of Chisnall’s misses to hit double six and win the opening leg, before the St Helens ace took out 101 to level. Chisnall then opened the third leg with 160 and added a 180, and when Pipe miscounted on 129, he finished tops to move 2-1 up before landing another 180 and double 16 to take the set and level.
Third Set – 1-3 Pipe
Pipe hits a 180 and double 16 to win the opening leg, before finishing 84 on the bull to double his advantage. Chisnall replies on double ten, but Pipe lands another maximum and double four to claim the set.
Fourth Set – 3-1 Chisnall
Chisnall struggles to open the first leg, but hits two 180s and capitalises on three misses at double 16 from Pipe by hitting double 12 to win the opener, before the roles are reversed in the second as Pipe lands a 180 and punishes missed doubles from his opponent by hitting ouble eight. Chisnall takes a pivotal third leg by finishing 83 with an improvised single three, double top, double top combination, and then seals the set by landing a 180 and tops.
Fifth Set – 3-0 Chisnall
Chisnall’s surge continues as he wins the fifth set without reply, hitting double ten in the opening leg, finishing 80 on tops in the second and capitalising on a Pipe miss at double 16 by winning the third on double ten to move ahead for the first time.
Sixth Set – 3-1 Chisnall
The momentum remains with Chisnall as he hits a 180 and double 16 to win each of the first two legs, although Pipe edges the third after the St Helens man misses three darts to take the set. Chisnall, though, is first to a finish in the fourth and lands double 16 to take a two-set lead.
Seventh Set – 3-0 Chisnall
Chisnall lands double five to win the opening leg, and recovers from missing seven opening doubles in the second by hitting a 180 before punishing three misses from Pipe to land double 18 to move a leg away from the win, which he seals by taking out 68 on double four to reach his first major PDC final.
|Dave Chisnall||5-2||Justin Pipe|
|6||Breaks of Throw||3|
|26/81 – 32%||Starting Doubles||26/54 – 48%|
|17/44 – 39%||Finishing Doubles||9/33 – 27%|
Phil Taylor 5-1 James Wade
First Set – 3-0 Taylor
Taylor makes a strong start by hitting a 180 and double eight to win the first leg, before edging a bizarre second, missing the bull for a 122 finish only to see his treble 18 fall out of the bed, but when Wade misses his chance to level, the World Champion returns to win the leg on double six. The third leg sees Wade hit two 180s and Taylor land a maximum of his own in consecutive visits, but when Wade misses five doubles to hit back, Taylor seals the set on double two.
Second Set – 3-1 Taylor
Wade wins his first leg of the game in the second set’s opener as he takes out 121 on the bull, but Taylor opens the second with a 160 score to level, before hitting double five to move 2-1 up and double 16 to take the set.
Third Set – 1-3 Wade
Wade posts double ten to win the third set’s opener with a break of throw, before defying Taylor’s start to the second of 160 and 140 by finishing 84 on double 12 to take a 2-0 cushion. The pair traded 180s in the third as Taylor hit back on double 12, but Wade added another maximum to leave 20 in the fourth, and when his opponent was unable to finish 126 he steps in to land double ten with his third dart to claim the set.
Fourth Set – 3-1 Taylor
Taylor hits a 180 but is paid for a miss at tops as Wade steps in on double five to win the opening leg, but Taylor levels with a 14-darter before punishing his opponent for struggling with his starting doubles in the next two legs by hitting tops twice to take the set and restore his two-set cushion.
Fifth Set – 3-0 Taylor
Taylor wins the opening leg on double 16, and takes the second in style with a 171 score and a 110 finish of single 20, bullseye and tops, and when Wade misses two darts to take the third leg, the World Champion hits double 16 to win the set and move closer to victory.
Sixth Set – 3-1 Taylor
Taylor finishes double three to win the opening leg and follows a fifth 180 with double six to take the second, with Wade hitting his fifth maximum of the game in leg three only to see Taylor take out 100 to claim the victory.
|Phil Taylor||5-1||James Wade|
|6||Breaks of Throw||1|
|21/37 – 57%||Starting Doubles||21/66 – 32%|
|16/40 – 40%||Finishing Doubles||5/25 – 20%|