Gary Anderson wins UK Open qualifier in Wigan

Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson secured his place in next month's Coral UK Open with victory in Qualifier Four on Friday, defeating Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-2 in the final in Wigan.

Anderson had missed last weekend's opening three UK Open Qualifiers due to his ongoing back injury, before returning to action with a victory over Gerwyn Price in Thursday's Premier League.

Boosted by that success, the Scot travelled from Cardiff to Wigan to compete in Friday's £60,000 PDC ProTour event, and battled through the field to claim the title.

The £10,000 prize secures his place in March's Coral UK Open TV Finals in Minehead, and is Anderson's first tournament win since August 2017, when he was victorious in the Perth Darts Masters.

Anderson dropped just one leg in his 6-1 win over Polish newcomer Tytus Kanik to open Friday's event, before winning 6-3 against both Martin Schindler and Richie Corner and 6-2 against Steve West to reach the quarter-finals.

There, he was a 6-4 winner against James Wade before surviving missed match darts in the semi-finals against world champion Rob Cross.

Anderson sealed the title with a dominant 6-2 win over young Dutchman Jeffrey de Zwaan in the final, taking command immediately with double 12 to break and an 11-darter to lead 2-0.

Anderson then took out 81 and double eight to move four legs clear, and though de Zwaan took two of the next three to keep his hopes alive, the Scot took out 102 in leg eight to complete the win.

"It's been good today," said Anderson after the final. "I can't believe it - I said I was just going to see how I got on this weekend and I'm struggling now!

"I couldn't have imagined this at the start of the week but it's great. The darts that I played with last night I played with for my first two games today, and then I changed back to my old darts and I played okay."

World champion Cross enjoyed a welcome return to winning ways as he bounced back from three early exits last weekend to secure his own spot at the Butlin's Minehead Resort next month.

Cross defeated Christopher Bent, Mike De Decker, world youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh, Robert Thornton and Krzysztof Ratajski as he won through to the semi-finals, only to suffer a narrow defeat to Anderson.

Former UK Open champion Adrian Lewis and Poland's Ratajski reached their second quarter-finals of the four UK Open Qualifiers held so far, while Jamie Lewis and Wade - a two-time UK Open winner - enjoyed their best finishes of the qualifying campaign.

Coral UK Open Qualifier Four

Last 16

Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-5 Steve Beaton

Jamie Lewis 6-4 Nathan Aspinall

Adrian Lewis 6-4 Raymond van Barneveld

Jason Lowe 6-4 Nathan Rafferty

Rob Cross 6-3 Robert Thornton

Krzysztof Ratajski 6-3 Maik Langendorf

James Wade 6-5 Andrew Gilding

Gary Anderson 6-2 Steve West

Quarter-finals

Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Jamie Lewis

Jason Lowe 6-2 Adrian Lewis

Rob Cross 6-4 Krzysztof Ratajski

Gary Anderson 6-4 James Wade

Semi-finals

Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-4 Jason Lowe

Gary Anderson 6-5 Rob Cross

Final

Gary Anderson 6-2 Jeffrey de Zwaan

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