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World Darts Championship 2013-14: Daily Scores, Results, Schedule and More

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIDecember 28, 2013

World Darts Championship 2013-14: Daily Scores, Results, Schedule and More

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    A tournament that once started with 72 of the biggest stars in the game of darts is now down to just two players, and the record £250,000 first-place prize is closer than ever for the eventual winner of the 2013-14 World Darts Championship.

    Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen were the final men standing, and they battled it out in the final. 

    London's Alexandra Palace has seen some great performances through the first several days of the PDC tournament, and there have even been a few surprises along the way.

    Running through Jan. 1, the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship is shaping up to finish strong.

Results: Wednesday, Jan. 1

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    Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen were the last men standing at the PDC World Championship, and the two went head to head on Jan. 1 to determine the champion. Here's a quick look at the results from the final:

    Player 1ResultPlayer 2
    Michael van Gerwen 7-4Peter Wright

Recap: Wednesday, Jan. 1

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    No matter who won on Jan. 1, a first-time champion was going to emerge at the end of this matchup. 

    It just so happened to be Michael van Gerwen who managed to pull off the feat, winning 7-4, as noted by ESPN UK: 

    Michael van Gerwen defeats Peter Wright 7-4 to win his first ever PDC World Championship title: http://t.co/BSgZz42ZTN

    — ESPN.co.uk (@ESPNUK) January 1, 2014

    Peter Wright won the first throw, however, after nailing the bullseye backstage, as Sky Sports Darts pointed out:

    Breaking news: Peter Wright wins throw for the bullseye backstage and will throw first in the #WorldDarts Final. http://t.co/BtQWOWMG7h

    — Sky Sports Darts (@SkySportsDarts) January 1, 2014

    Unfortunately for Wright, it didn't help him early on. 

    Before he could stop to catch a breath, Van Gerwen had pulled out to a quick 4-0 lead and appeared to have the match locked up. 

    However, Wright came storming back, pulling to within 6-4, which seemed improbable, to say the least, after his poor start, as Sky Sports Darts opined:

    What a match Peter Wright will not give in, makes it 6-4 at 4-0 down he seemed to have no chance

    — Sky Sports Darts (@SkySportsDarts) January 1, 2014

    Ultimately, Van Gerwen was able to rekindle his winning formula to claim the victory, 7-4, in a highly competitive 11th set.  

Results: Monday, Dec. 30

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    The semifinals took place on Monday, Dec. 30. Peter Wright took on Simon Whitlock in one half, while Michael van Gerwen went head to head with two-time defending champ Adrian Lewis. Here's how it went down:

    Player 1ResultPlayer 2
    Peter Wright6-2Simon Whitlock
    Michael van Gerwen6-0Adrian Lewis

     

Recap: Monday, Dec. 30

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    A couple of underdogs came out ahead in the semifinals on Dec. 30. 

    In the first matchup of the day, 16th-seeded Peter Wright took on Simon Whitlock, who reached the final in 2010. 

    Judging by the 6-2 beating Wright handed Whitlock, however, it appeared the upstart was the one with all the big-match experience. As noted by ESPN.co.uk, the victory gave Wright his first ever trip to the PDC World Championsihp final:

    Peter Wright reaches PDC World Championsihp final for the first time in his career with win over Simon Whitlock: http://t.co/3oBrIEMJS9

    — ESPN.co.uk (@ESPNUK) December 30, 2013

    Before Whitlock knew what hit him, he was already down 3-0. 

    Wright talked afterward about his mentality heading into the big showdown, as relayed by Sky Sports: "I knew if I gave Simon a sniff he would just pounce all over me. I didn't want that."

    "The Wizard" attempted a comeback, putting together a masterful performance in the early part of the sixth, but he couldn't sustain his positive momentum, and Wright was simply too hot to handle. 

    He was also a bit overwhelmed afterward in an interview with www.pdc.tv, via Sky Sports 1:

    I'm pretty emotional right now as I've just realised what I've achieved. 

    I held myself together well throughout. My finishing was excellent - particularly on double 16 - and I didn't give Simon a sniff at any stage.

    I knew that I've been playing really well throughout the last 12 months, and I've managed to keep that form going into the biggest tournament in the game.

    After Wright's big victory, Michael van Gerwen took on two-time champion Adrian Lewis.

    Like the first semifinal match, this one took an unexpected turn, as Lewis was stunned by Van Gerwen by a score of 6-0, as highlighted by ESPN.co.uk:

    Simply brilliant - Michael van Gerwen books PDC World Championship final spot after 6-0 whitewash of Adrian Lewis: http://t.co/Yp7NjYKHmm

    — ESPN.co.uk (@ESPNUK) December 30, 2013

    The man known as "Jackpot" was absolutely scorched, as summed up by Rob Bartlett of ESPN UK:

    Michael van Gerwen produced a relentless, unforgiving performance to whitewash two-time champion Adrian Lewis in their PDC World Championship semi-final and set up a New Year's Day tie with Peter Wright.

    While the score indicates a complete blowout, Van Gerwen was quick to correct that assumption, via Sky Sports 1:

    In the end the score looked a bit easier than it actually was. I did a lot in the right moments. Adrian was struggling on his doubles and his finishes, in the important moments he didn't do well and I took advantage of that.

    The final should be exciting, and nobody really knows what to expect from Wright and Van Gerwen. The two will finish off the tournament on New Year's Day. 

Results: Sunday, Dec. 29

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    The second portion of the quarterfinals took place on Dec. 29, as Michael van Gerwen met Mark Webster while James Wade faced Adrian Lewis. Here are the results:

    Player 1ResultPlayer 2
    Peter Wright5-4Wes Newton
    Ian White4-5Simon Whitlock
    Michael van Gerwen5-3Mark Webster
    James Wade1-5Adrian Lewis

     

    The semifinals will take place on Dec. 30, followed by the final on Jan. 1. 

    Player 1ResultPlayer 2
    Peter WrightTBDSimon Whitlock
    van GerwenTBDLewis

     

    Be sure to keep checking back for the latest news and results for the 2013-14 World Darts Championship.

Recap: Sunday, Dec. 29

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    Sunday's quarter-final action kicked off with Michael van Gerwen sealing his place in the penultimate stage of this year's World Darts Championship.

    That was thanks to the Dutchman's more confident triumph over Welshman Mark Webster, which was in stark contrast to his comeback win over Gary Anderson just the night before.

    On this occasion, van Gerwen took a leading grip on matters from the beginning, soaring into a 3-0 lead and showcasing the lethal finishing that looked to be lacking in his third-round encounter.

    An attempted fight from "Spider" was left standing at 4-3, but that was as good as it got for Webster after van Gerwen, who recorded eight 100-plus finishes on the evening, finished the job to head out as a 5-3 victor.

    Commenting on his game and the fixture ahead, van Gerwen told PDC.tv:

    At the beginning I was very confident and I was playing great. I hit a few great finishes but then I lost my focus and fell asleep for two and a half sets. I lost concentration and I didn't hit my high scoring and let him into the game a bit, but I won and that's the most important thing. I can't afford to do that to my opponent in the semi-finals.

    I'm feeling good and I'm in the last four. I had a great game last year against Adrian and I hope it will be the same again.

    And as "Mighty Mike" mentions, it's Adrian Lewis that last year's runner-up meets next in the competition, the Stoke native having triumphed in his own quarter-final clash against James Wade.

    As he had against Mervyn King in the previous round, "Jackpot" allowed his class to rise to the top with a 5-1 drubbing of his opponent, still yet to concede more than one set in any of his World Championship trials this year.

    Wade never looked close to a fourth consecutive win, only winning a set at 3-0 down to get a sole score on the board, but having no further luck after that.

    Lewis maintained one of the highest three-dart finishing averages in the competition with this win, his 95.56 bettering Wade's 90.85.

    Looking ahead to the almighty clash against van Gerwen, Lewis also had some fighting talk for the coming semi-final, per PDC.tv:

    My finishing was better against Mervyn King in the third round and my scoring was better tonight, but I've got to put them together against Michael. I think I'll be a lot more consistent against him than I was tonight.

    He's trying to win his first World Championship title but I've been there and done that, and I think it will be a cracker. He knows I'm going to come out firing, and for some reason when it comes to the big occasions I'm always there or thereabouts, which I'm very proud of.

    From their 20 previous meetings, van Gerwen holds a slight edge over Jackpot, winning nine of those previous meetings, but the two will look upon a place in the final as being within their reaches for what promises to be an extremely close matchup.

     

Results: Saturday, Dec. 28

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    After play ended during the early session on Dec. 28, the quarterfinal picture is now complete. Adrian Lewis and James Wade were very impressive and came away with easy victories. Michael Van Gerwin won three-consecutive sets to get through as well.

     

    Player 1ResultPlayer 2
    Adrian Lewis4-1Mervyn King
    James Wade4-0Devon Petersen
    Michael Van Gerwen4-3Gary Anderson

     

    The first two matches of the quarterfinals are now in the books, as Peter Wright and Simon Whitlock came away with some highly contested victories and will move on to the semifinals. After the final two matches of the quarterfinals take place, we will finally have a picture of the finals, which will take place on Jan. 1.

     

    Player 1ResultPlayer 2
    Peter Wright5-4Wes Newton
    Ian White4-5Simon Whitlock
    Michael Van GerwenTBDMark Webster
    James WadeTBDAdrian Lewis

     

    With the end of the tournament in sight, the sport's top competitors will be looking to play flawless matches. The final days of the tournament will certainly be entertaining to watch.

Recap: Saturday, Dec. 28

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    The third round featured some flawless shooting by Adrian Lewis and Jame Wade, winning their matches 4-1 and 4-0, respectively. The third contest showed the kind of dominance possessed by Michael van Gerwin, who won three-consecutive sets to emerge victorious by a score of 4-3.

    Lewis remains confident after his decisive win on Saturday and issued this statement during an interview with the Professional Darts Corporation:

    I certainly didn't reach the standards of my last game but my finishing was good once again. Mervyn was on a little bit of a roll at one stage and the 115 finish I managed to take out in the fifth set stopped him in his tracks, and got me through. There are a lot of good names still left in this event, but I’m the only one who has got to a final and crossed the finishing line twice.

    Wade remained humble after his victory:

    That wasn't as easy as the 4-0 scoreline suggests and I’m just glad to get past Devon, who is very dangerous on his day. My scoring was a bit better as the 99 plus average shows, but it will need to improve a lot more if I’m going to progress further.

    Van Gerwin is thrilled that he is still alive in the competition:

    I’m delighted with the way I came back to win this really tough game. I was very disappointed not to win the fourth set to level at two-all, but I never lost belief that I couldn't make a comeback and win. It’s a great feeling to be involved in brilliant fast-flowing games like this, and the crowd added to it by making a great atmosphere.

    After those three matches took place, the first series of quarterfinal contests began in the evening. These two contests featured fierce competition that came down to the tie-break sets. If these two matches have any indication of what's to come, we are more certainly in for some great action during the last day of the competition.

    Peter Wright and Simon Whitlock each reigned supreme after nail-biting 5-4 victories. This will be Wright's first ever semifinals appearance and will face Whitlock on Monday.

    Wright remained on cloud nine after his victory on Saturday, according his statement during an interview with the Professional Darts Corporation:

    I need someone to pinch me to see if I'm not dreaming! It was very tight and it was enjoyable that I could battle it out even if I wasn't on top form. It was a battle, a scrap but I've learned a lot in the past five or six years on the PDC circuit and I'm making my game strong all round, so that the bad games are not really that bad. The 121 was the shot of my life. I was thinking about the double 12 that I'd missed before and I was willing the bullseye to go in.

    Whitlock reflected on letting the opportunity to reach the semifinals come close to slipping away from him after giving up an early 4-1 lead:

    I’m pretty emotional right now as I thought I had blown my opportunity, having led 4-1. In recent times I've lost quite a few games when I've held big leads and that was definitely on my mind as Ian kept coming back at me. Ian really pushed me and he kept battling, and he showed real character to come back to four each, so I take my hat off to him. I’m proud of the way I recovered and got through that final set in the tie-break. I hadn't really been tested before in this tournament but tonight's game should really sharpen me up for the semifinals.

    Indeed, we witnessed some exciting action over the first two quarterfinal matches. There is no reason to believe that the remainder of the tournament will not put each and every viewer on the edge of their seats.

Results: Friday, Dec. 27

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    Play on Dec. 27 brought the field from 16 players to eight, and the excitement will continue to grow as the competition gets better and better.

    Here are the matchups and results for the day.

     

    Player 1ResultPlayer 2
    Michael Smith3-4 Peter Wright
    Wes Newton4-1Robert Thornton
    Richie Burnett3-4Ian White
    Simon Whitlock4-0Kevin Painter
    Mark Webster4-3 Raymond van Barneveld

     

    Action on Dec. 27 was quite competitive, seeing as three matches were decided by scores of 4-3. If that's any indication of what the finals will look like, then the fans are in for a treat.

    It should be a hard-fought battle to the end.

Recap: Friday, Dec. 27

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    Wes Newton continued his push for the championship on Dec. 27, as he disposed of Robert Thornton in just five sets. Newton has now won handily in all three of his matches (3-1 against Royden Lam and 4-0 against John Part), and should be considered one of the favorites entering the quarterfinals.

    Newton told Razwan Mirza of SkySports.com how he feels so far about his performance:

    I'm not playing how I can but I'm doing enough. It's my own determination and will to win that's getting me through. I'm not playing bad but I know there's a lot more to come from me.

    With a 4-3 victory over Richie Burnett, Ian White has now won two straight seven-set matches. He hasn't made winning easy for himself, and he'll need to polish his game for the quarterfinals. Inconsistency will be the killer for him.

    Kevin Painter entered the final 16 on a 4-0 victory against Paul Nicholson in the final 32, but he was met with a shutout against Simon Whitlock on Friday. Whitlock won 4-0 and will move on to the quarterfinals to face White.

    Michael Smith went from surprise winner to surprise loser on Friday, as he fell 4-3 to Peter Wright. Wright had previously defeated Per Laursen and Joe Cullen, but Smith's victory against Phil Taylor pinned him as an underdog favorite. Wright will face Newton in his next match.

    Mark Webster took down Raymond van Barneveld, 4-3, and he'll face the winner of Michael Van Gerwen-Gary Anderson in the quarterfinals. Webster has defeated Mensur Suljovic and John Henderson thus far.

     

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