Jelle Klaasen upsets Phil Taylor to reach PDC World Championship quarter-finals

Published: Thursday 31st December 2015 by The News Editor

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Jelle Klaasen stunned world number three Phil Taylor to book a place in the quarter-finals of the PDC W orld Championship.

Having earlier missed the chance to move 3-1 ahead, Dutchman Klaasen had one dart to hit double 18 and knock out the 16-time World Champion but he missed and Taylor took advantage to tie things up at 3-3.

Taylor looked in charge of the deciding set as he moved two legs ahead, but the world number 19 was not done and roared back to win the tie-break 4-2 and claim a 4-3 victory to set up a clash with Alan Norris, whose fairytale Alexandra Palace debut continued earlier in the day as he saw off Mark Webster in five sets.

Klaasen told Sky Sports 3: “I almost gave that away. You know you can’t miss against Phil.

“I never gave up and I still felt I could win the game so I’m over the moon.”

After praising Klaasen for his performance, Taylor said: “Do you want me to be honest? I’m not fit enough, I’m not mentally right.

“I’ve got over this year now. I’m getting divorced in February – it’s well publicised – so next year I can push on.”

Peter Wright won an incredible seven-set thriller in a dramatic tie-break at the expense of Dave Chisnall to book his place in the last eight.

Last year’s runner-up, who will now face double world champion Adrian Lewis, eventually took the final set 6-4 after Chisnall had missed a dart for the match.

Wright hit 14 180s and had an average of 103.69, while Chisnall had nine maximums with an average of 102.26 and hit a 160 finish in the third set.

In the decider, Chisnall missed double 16 to win the match 4-2, allowing Wright to draw level at 3-3 but the final set went to 10 legs, with Wright landing a double six to progress.

There will be no play on December 31, with the quarter-finals being held on New Year’s Day across two sessions.

Published: Thursday 31st December 2015 by The News Editor

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