Jelle Klaasen has been the surprise package of the tournament, producing the scintillating displays to earn a semi final spot. But coming up against a man in red hot form, playing the dart of his life in the shape of Gary Anderson was simply too much for the 31-year-old.
The bar was set astoundingly high from the opening set, a 132 average, yes you read the correct, gave Anderson the early advantage. Somehow we have managed to elude the 9-darter this year, Dave Pallett, Mensur Suljovic, and the Flying Scotsman himself have got within millimetres of darts holy grail. With just over 24 hours of the tournament remaining Anderson broke this unbelievable duck. Klaasen could only stand and stare as his opponent hit the familiar treble 20, treble 19, double 12, to the delight of a jam packed Alexandra Palace.
The maximums continued to flow for the nine dart man as Klaasen continued to falter. Exactly 10 years on from his victory at the Lakeside he was hoping to mark the occasion with a second World title, but it wasn’t to be. A dominant Anderson soon made it three sets in a race to six. Klaasen has rarely wasted chances on route to the final four, but may rue a rare opportunity for the a set as a sailed a dart over double top. Anderson applied the finishing touches sending a puzzled Klaasen 4-0 down at the interval. From their Klaasen wasn’t to halt the Flying Scotsman’s championship winning tempo, two sets later it was game shot Anderson.
Despite being reduced to a 6-0 whitewash, Jelle Klaasen never gave up and challenged Anderson for every single leg. You have to admire the doggedness of the Dutchman and the scoreline certainly doesn’t reflect how well Klaasen played. If he can repeat the sensational darts he has shown throughout this tournament, It could be quite a year for the Cobra.