Auckland Darts Masters: Kyle Anderson wins all-Aussie thriller to reach semifinals
Kyle Anderson has continued his dream run at the Auckland Darts Masters, storming into the semifinals with a thrilling comeback over fellow Australian Simon Whitlock.
A day after knocking out top seed and defending champion Gary Anderson, the world No 28 shrugged off a poor start and a late wobble to hold his nerve in the deciding leg for a 10-9 victory.
In a back-and-forth encounter at the Trusts Arena in west Auckland, Anderson trailed Whitlock 4-1 and again at 7-5 but showed tremendous resolve to stay in the contest.
Having won three-straight legs, Anderson appeared to be rolling over the top of the 2012 European Championship winner as he took the lead for the first time.
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But faced with a golden opportunity to go 9-7 up, the 29-year-old came up short and Whitlock made him pay to force a decider.
He did not make the same mistake twice, though, sealing the deal with a 47 checkout to set up a final four showdown with England's James Wade.
In the first quarterfinal, Wade was too good for Daryl Gurney, sending the Northern Irishman packing with a 10-7 victory.
While Gurney made the first break of the match to take a 4-3 lead, Wade responded in brilliant fashion, winning five consecutive legs to take firm control.
A late revival saw Gurney draw within one, but Wade won the last two legs to close out the contest.
Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barnveld have served up another classic in the third quarterfinal, with Taylor stealing a 10-9 victory.
The big Dutchman had three darts to win the match - one at double-20 to win 10-8 but hit the wire, one at the bull and then three darts at double-19 in the deciding leg but missed his target. Taylor stepped up, hitting Bull-9-double-16 for a 91 checkout and the win.
INCREDIBLE END TO THAT MATCH!— Auckland Darts (@AucklandDarts) August 12, 2017
Taylor and Barney serve up another classic in Auckland... with Phil Taylor stealing the victory at the death! pic.twitter.com/zm5Hkq2Xos
Taylor, the 16-time world champion, will next face Australian Corey Cadby, who scored the most convincing quarterfinal victory, knocking out Englishman Michael Smith 10-5.