- World Grand Prix
Van Gerwen destroys Barneveld, Pipe shocks Lewis
Michael van Gerwen dazzled the Dublin crowd with a scintillating performance to dump Raymond van Barneveld out of the World Grand Prix, enjoying a 3-0 win over his fellow Dutchman.
The match skyrocketed into action when Van Gerwen opened with a maximum 160 start, before Barneveld responded with his first 180 of the match.
However, reigning champion Van Gerwen took out a magnificent 142 finish on double 11 to claim the opening leg. 'Barney' responded with an equally impressive 136 finish in leg two, but it was Van Gerwen who capitalised on missed chances to edge the early lead.
Van Gerwen sealed double top to move ahead early in the second, but missed the same target which allowed his compatriot to draw level. But the turning point came in the third leg, with Van Gerwen landing another bumper 148 checkout to steal an unstoppable momentum.
That clearly struck the five-time world champion, who failed land an opening double with his first nine darts, leaving Van Gerwen to sweep up the set with another maximum followed by double top.
Van Barneveld narrowly missed checking out a second 136 finish in the first leg of the final set, before the champion ensured victory on double eight, moving one step closer to successfully retaining his title.
Justin Pipe produced arguably his best ever performance at a televised tournament to destroy Adrian Lewis in straight sets at the World Grand Prix in Dublin.
Pipe was relentless throughout Thursday's opening match at the Citywest Hotel, while Lewis simply could not get going in a completely one-sided affair.
'The Force' enjoyed a brilliant start to the opening set, finishing 142 on double 11 to break the former world champion's throw before Lewis immediately broke back to level the scores.
Despite wiring attempts at a 140 and 150 finish in the next two legs, Pipe returned to take the first set as Lewis struggled to find his usual flow.
It appeared to be one of those nights for Lewis, who hit a marvellous 177 to leave 36 in the first leg of the second set. However, Pipe expertly finished his 70 under pressure before sending in a 12-dart leg with a 150 checkout to pull further ahead.
The set was confirmed when Pipe finished 90 on double 15 to move into a 2-0 lead.
Lewis offered brief resistance in the third set, hitting double 10 and double top to take a 2-1 lead and keep his hopes alive. But Pipe hit back with two maximum's in the fourth leg to level up and completed victory on double eight to reach the last eight for the second year running.
Pipe will face Andy Hamilton in the last eight after the Stoke ace continued his remarkable record of reaching all major quarter-finals since June 2012 with a typically consistent 3-1 win over Kevin Painter.
Dave Chisnall recovered from a lethargic start to book his quarter-final place with a 3-1 win over Wayne Jones. 'Chizzy' was on the receiving end of a whitewash in the first set as Jones broke in the opening leg before sealing the advantage with a 93 finish.
However, Chisnall was soon level as he began to find his feet on the oche and moved within a set of victory with an impressive 112 finish on the bullseye. When Jones could not hit an opening double in his first 11 darts, Chisnall eased ahead in the fourth set, twice hitting double 18. Chisnall's comeback was completed when he hit double eight for the match and a quarter-final tie with Van Gerwen.
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