Danish Darts Open: Mensur Suljovic defeats Simon Whitlock in final

Mensur Suljovic (Pic: Kelly Deckers)
Mensur Suljovic (Pic: Kelly Deckers)

Mensur Suljjovic secured his first European Tour title of the year as he defeated Simon Whitlock 8-3 in the final of the inaugural Danish Darts Open in Copenhagen.

The reigning Unibet Champions League of Darts champion picked up a second European Tour crown of his career, and a fifth PDC win in total, to cement his place as one of the sport’s elite stars.

The first ever staging of the tournament at the Brondbyhallen saw Whitlock reach his first European Tour final in four years, but Suljovic was the top performer of the weekend, averaging close to 100 in his three Sunday games to pick up the £25,000 prize.

Suljovic eased past Ryan Joyce 6-1 in Saturday evening’s second round, before scraping past Darren Webster 6-5 to reach the final session of the weekend.

There, the Austrian ace fought his way to a 6-4 win over Peter Wright, and then edged a 7-6 thriller against Adrian Lewis to secure his place in his first ranking final of 2018.

“I am so happy to win this title in front of such an amazing crowd,” said Suljovic, whose last European Tour triumph came at the 2016 International Darts Open.

“I am so focussed on my game, I work so hard every day to be at my best and it paid off today.

“It is always difficult to win tournaments because everyone plays so brilliantly but now I want to win more titles.”

Whitlock was in fine form throughout the weekend as he came close to his first European Tour title since 2012.

The former European Championship winner beat in-form Dutchman Jermaine Wattimena 6-3, before edging past Ricky Evans 6-5 to make the final eight.

The Australian number one then defeated Mervyn King 6-4 and Steve West 7-4 to seal his path to a first ranking final of the year.

“It’s a shame I came up just short but I’m over the moon to have made the final,” said Whitlock.

“Congratulations to Mensur, he was the best player of the weekend – I’m proud of him and I’m proud to have played in such a great tournament in Copenhagen.”

The Danish event also proved to be a success for Lewis, who recorded wins over Ted Evetts, Michael Smith, Stephen Bunting and Joe Cullen to back-up his Gibraltar Darts Trophy final berth with a place in the final four.

Brendan Dolan dumped out world number one Michael van Gerwen at the last 16 stage before going out at the hands of Steve West, who made it back-to-back semi-final appearances on the European Tour.

The PDC European Tour continues from June 29 – July 1 with the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg, Germany with coverage to be broadcast at PDCTV-HD and through a series of bookmakers' websites worldwide.

Tournament results

First Round

  • Rusty-Jake Rodriguez 6-5 William O’Connor
  • Ryan Joyce 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
  • Brendan Dolan 6-4 Martin Schindler
  • Jermaine Wattimena 6-5 Wayne Jones
  • Darius Labanauskas 6-5 Richard North
  • Steve Beaton 6-2 Adam Huckvale
  • Barry Lynn 6-5 Chris Dobey
  • Madars Razma 6-0 Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Mickey Mansell
  • Scott Taylor 6-5 Robert Thornton
  • Steve West 6-4 Per Laursen
  • Peter Jacques 6-4 Paul Nicholson
  • Ricky Evans 6-4 Dennis Nilsson
  • Adrian Lewis 6-3 Ted Evetts
  • Cristo Reyes 6-2 Brian Lokken
  • Max Hopp 6-4 Dragutin Horvat

Second Round

  • Brendan Dolan 6-4 John Henderson
  • Joe Cullen 6-3 Madars Razma
  • Gerwyn Price 6-3 Jelle Klaasen
  • Darius Labanauskas 6-5 Jonny Clayton
  • James Wade 6-4 Rusty-Jake Rodriguez
  • Darren Webster 6-5 Cristo Reyes
  • Simon Whitlock 6-3 Jermaine Wattimena
  • Stephen Bunting 6-3 Peter Jacques
  • Mervyn King 6-5 Max Hopp
  • Mensur Suljovic 6-1 Ryan Joyce
  • Peter Wright 6-1 Barry Lynn
  • Adrian Lewis 6-5 Michael Smith
  • Rob Cross 6-5 Steve Beaton
  • Ricky Evans 6-3 Daryl Gurney
  • Michael van Gerwen 6-2 Scott Taylor
  • Steve West 6-4 Ian White

Third Round

  • Peter Wright 6-1 Gerwyn Price
  • Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Darren Webster
  • Joe Cullen 6-4 James Wade
  • Adrian Lewis 6-4 Stephen Bunting
  • Mervyn King 6-5 Rob Cross
  • Simon Whitlock 6-5 Ricky Evans
  • Steve West 6-5 Darius Labanauskas
  • Brendan Dolan 6-4 Michael van Gerwen

Quarter-Finals

  • Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Peter Wright
  • Adrian Lewis 6-2 Joe Cullen
  • Simon Whitlock 6-4 Mervyn King
  • Steve West 6-3 Brendan Dolan

Semi-Finals

  • Mensur Suljovic 7-6 Adrian Lewis
  • Simon Whitlock 7-4 Steve West

Final

  • Mensur Suljovic 8-3 Simon Whitlock

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