International Darts Open 2015 Review

Former World youth champion Michael Smith claimed his first win on the European Tour this year with a win over surprise package Benito Van De Pas in Riesa.

A slim 6-5 victory over Terry Jenkins in the quarter-finals and the comfortable triumph over Ian White in the semis, paved the path for the 24-year-old to win just his second professional tournament in the PDC. His opponent, Van De Pas beat world number one Michael Van Gerwen In the third round before disposing of Justin Pipe in the quarters. Finally he hit a 167 checkout against former Premier League participant Kim Huybrechts to seal a 6-3 victory and his place in that evenings final

Dave Chisnall looked hot favourite early on with the whitewash of Matthew Edgar and his astonishing 105 average on route to beating Brendan Dolan. He was beaten by Huybrechts in the quarters before the Belgian was dumped out by the eventual runner-up. Home favourite Max Hopp got the crowd jumping in the opening session of the first round with a spectacular 9 dart finish in the demolition of Kevin McDine

This was Smith's first tournament win of the year.
This was Smith’s first tournament win of the year.

The opening couple of legs went with throw before ‘Bully Boy broke throw in the third. ‘Big Ben’ was to have none of it as he turned his fortunes around, as Smith wasted 3 darts to open up a 2 leg advantage, Van De Pas pounced on the opportunity as he levelled the game with a dart at double 2. Smith would continue to impose himself and take advantage of some careless darts by the Dutchman to take control. World number 18 Michael Smith put himself one leg away from the trophy with a well executed 7th leg. The former PDC young player of the year missed a disastrous 7 darts at double to wrap up the match, gifting Van De Pas his third leg on the board. He could do nothing but stand and stare as Smith hit double 7 at the first time of asking to conclude a brilliant few days in Germany.

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