The Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals take place on Monday evening as Simon Whitlock comes up against Jose de Sousa and James Wade takes on Dimitri van den Bergh (Match Betting – Whitlock 6/5, De Sousa 4/6).
Australian Whitlock produced a huge shock in the last eight by defeating Michael van Gerwen 16-15.
The Wizard’s win means a new name will be engraved on the Eric Bristow Trophy following this event, as all four semi-finalists are aiming to take the title for the first time.
“I feel on top of the world,” said Whitlock. “It’s incredible – I think this is my best victory I’ve ever had in darts.
“To beat Michael when he’s off his game is another thing, but to beat him when he’s playing well – which I thought he did today – is amazing.
“This is becoming a nice habit – I’ve won three on the trot now, but I’m playing good darts now.”
Standing in Whitlock’s way is De Sousa, who beat Michael Smith 16-14 to become the first Portuguese player to win through to a televised semi-final.
World number eight Wade, the highest ranked player left in the competition, reached the last four with a 16-14 success over Damon Heta.
Van den Bergh was taken to a decider by Nathan Aspinall as he fought back from 8-11 behind to claim a 16-15 win, winning the final two legs of the match.
The Belgian admits he needs to raise his levels further to reach the showpiece, but he heads into his clash with Wade in confident mood.
He said: “I lost the first three sessions 3-2 and went down 9-6, but I kept digging in and believing in myself.
“We didn’t perform the way we can but at least I have a chance to improve in the next round, and I will learn from this quarter-final. It’s a lesson for me but this week is going very well and I’m playing strong.”
Betfred have a number of specials for the Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals and Wade is 25/1 to hit the most 180s, while all four players to hit 10+ 180s is 66/1.
Source: Darts – Betfred