World champion Gerwyn Price looked comfortable in his wins over Ricky Evans and Chris Dobey
The world’s top two players, Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen, made it safely through to the quarter-finals of the UK Open after a frantic Saturday in Milton Keynes.
Price delivered one of the performances of the evening, with a dominant 10-5 win over Chris Dobey. ‘Hollywood’ played his part in the contest, averaging 101 but was second best against ‘The Iceman’.
The world champion is through to the last eight, where he has been drawn to play against Devon Petersen.
Meanwhile, Michael van Gerwen was pushed all the way by Jose De Sousa, but prevailed in a last-leg decider in the last 16.
The tie was finely poised at 5-5, but the Dutchman then made his move with three consecutive legs. Nonetheless, ‘The Special One’ levelled it up at 8-8 before bringing it all the way. But the three-time world champion had too much in the tank, delivering a 14-darter with the pressure heaped on to progress to the quarter-final.
Relentless Ratajski KOs darts’ most in-form player
The in-form Jonny Clayton displayed his brilliant best on Saturday afternoon, averaging 108.4 in a 10-3 win over Dirk van Duijvenbode. ‘The Ferret’ seemed like a real contender in the tournament, looking to back up his Masters and Pro Tour titles already won in 2021, but ran into a red-hot Krzysztof Ratajski.
‘The Polish Eagle’ stunned the Welsh star, storming into a 6-0 lead. The World Cup winner was left with too much to do despite his attempted comeback. Ratajski averaged over 110 for the majority of the contest, and although he eased up approaching the finish line, he nonetheless delivered a 10-3 victory with a statement performance.
Krzysztof Ratajski delivered his A-game
Dave Chisnall, having knocked out Peter Wright on Friday, kicked on with a pair of 10-8 wins over Danny Noppert and Alan Soutar. Scotland’s Soutar saw his impressive run come to an end, after the 2021 Q-School graduate made it through to the last 16, as he beat Raymond van Barneveld, Mickey Mansell, Stephen Bunting and Ron Meulenkamp along the way.
‘Chizzy’ will now face Luke Humphries in the last eight, after ‘Cool Hand Luke’ beat Ryan Searle and Martijn Kleermaker.
Dave Chisnall is looking for his first ever major
Petersen remarkably came back from a 4-2 deficit against Peter Jacques to win 10-4, after ‘The African Warrior’ had overcome Scott Waites earlier in the day.
John Brown, the last survivor from Friday’s first round, exited in the last 32 as Dobey ran out a 10-1 winner.
Peter Wright and Gary Anderson were among the names to be eliminated on Friday.
Simon Whitlock vs James Wade
Gerwyn Price vs Devon Petersen
Dave Chisnall vs Luke Humphries
Krzysztof Ratajski vs Michael van Gerwen
James Wade 10-7 Rob Cross
Gerwyn Price 10-3 Ricky Evans
Jose De Sousa 10-9 Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Mensur Suljovic
Simon Whitlock 10-9 Darius Labanauskas
Gabriel Clemens 10-7 Daryl Gurney
Chris Dobey 10-1 John Brown
Jonny Clayton 10-3 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Luke Humphries 10-7 Ryan Searle
Martijn Kleermaker 10-6 Callan Rydz
Alan Souter 10-7 Ron Meulenkamp
Brendan Dolan 10-6 Luke Woodhouse
Peter Jacques 10-9 Max Hopp
Devon Petersen 10-5 Scott Waites
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-8 Madars Razma
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Danny Noppert
Michael van Gerwen 10-9 Jose De Sousa
Devon Petersen 10-4 Peter Jacques
James Wade 10-5 Gabriel Clemens
Luke Humphries 10-4 Martijn Kleermaker
Simon Whitlock 10-9 Brendan Dolan
Gerwyn Price 10-5 Chris Dobey
Krzysztof Ratajski 10-3 Jonny Clayton
Dave Chisnall 10-8 Alan Soutar
Watch live coverage of the 2021 Premier League on Sky Sports – the action gets under way on Monday April 5 with five consecutive nights of action from the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.