Darts results: Krzysztof Ratajski wins his fourth PDC title at Players Championship 17

Krzysztof Ratajski (Picture: PDC/Lawrence Lustig)
Krzysztof Ratajski (Picture: PDC/Lawrence Lustig)

Krzysztof Ratajski defeated Nathan Aspinall in the final of Players Championship 17, as the Polish Eagle landed his fourth PDC title in Wigan.

Ratajski averaged 98.7 in an impressive 8-3 victory over the UK Open champion to pick up his first title of 2019 and continue his 100% success rate in PDC ranking finals.

The Polish number one showed great consistency across the day, averaging over 100 in five of his seven victories, one of which came against two-time ProTour winner Glen Durrant.

Ratajski, who won three PDC titles in 2018 despite not being a Tour Card holder, began the day by edging out Spain's Toni Alcinas 6-5, before defeating Barrie Bates, Durrant and Marko Kantele to reach his second ProTour quarter-final of the year.

There, the 42-year-old whitewashed the talented Jamie Hughes 6-0 before overcoming James Wilson 7-3 in the semi-finals.

After pocketing the £10,000 top prize, Ratajski told www.pdc.tv: "I feel really good about this win, I am very satisfied with how I played.

"Every match I played I averaged around 100 or more, but even with that sometimes it was very difficult and I won some close games.

"I think I have been a little unlucky this year even though I played really well. Even when I play super my opponents sometimes play better.

"Of course, I believe I am able to win the World Matchplay if I play on a high level like I did today."

The final saw Ratajski get off to a perfect start, hitting double top in the second leg to strike the first break of throw.

After the Pole missed a dart to go 4-0 in front, Aspinall found double ten to get his first leg on the board and reduce the deficit to 3-1.

Undeterred, Ratajski produced a stunning 122 checkout for another break of throw and a commanding 5-1 lead, before Aspinall showed some resilience to bring it back to 7-3.

Ratajski landed a perfectly-timed 180 in what turned out to be the final leg of the contest, securing the victory with a 95 checkout.

World number 13 Aspinall continued his progression by reaching his second PDC final since being crowned UK Open champion in March ahead of his World Matchplay debut in July.

A number of players were vying for the 16 ProTour Order of Merit places in the Blackpool event ahead of the cut-off on June 30, with Wilson's run to his first semi-final since October 2018 cementing his place among the qualifiers.

Ron Meulenkamp reached his second ProTour semi-final in as many months to keep his hopes alive, while Kyle Anderson made it to the Last 32 to stay in the final provisional qualifying place.

Ryan Searle, Keegan Brown and Ross Smith lead the chasing pack, but they all suffered exits from the tournament by the last 64 stage.

Aspinall was the only top 20 player to make it through to the quarter-finals on an open day in Wigan, while Gerwyn Price and Stephen Bunting made it to the Last 16.

Sunday will see the second day of the Players Championship weekend in Wigan.

Players Championship 17 Results

Saturday June 22 (Last 16 onwards)

Last 16

  • Krzysztof Ratajski 6-5 Marko Kantele
  • Jamie Hughes 6-1 Danny Noppert
  • Luke Humphries 6-3 Stephen Bunting
  • James Wilson 6-1 Jose de Sousa
  • Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Gerwyn Price
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-5 Mark McGeeney
  • Ron Meulenkamp 6-5 William O'Connor
  • Boris Koltsov 6-1 Jelle Klaasen

Quarter-Finals

  • Krzysztof Ratajski 6-0 Jamie Hughes
  • James Wilson 6-4 Luke Humphries
  • Nathan Aspinall 6-3 Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Ron Meulenkamp 6-2 Boris Koltsov

Semi-Finals

  • Krzysztof Ratajski 7-3 James Wilson
  • Nathan Aspinall 7-5 Ron Meulenkamp

Final

  • Krzysztof Ratajski 8-3 Nathan Aspinall

See full Players Championship 17 results in DartConnect.

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