With a shock 5-0 victory over world number one, Dave Chisnall sent Michael Van Gerwen out of the PDC World Championship quarter-finals. To reach the tournament’s semi-finals for the first time, Chisnall averaged 107.34 points and reached 14 180s at Alexandra Palace.
In the last four, Chisnall’s opponent will be two-time winner Gary Anderson, while the other semi-final will be between Gerwyn Price and Stephen Bunting. CHIZZY WHITEWASHES VAN GERWENDave Chisnall takes his career’s biggest win by crushing world number one Michael van Gerwen 5-0 to the William Hill World Darts Championship semi-finals! Sensational, only. “Pic.twitter.com/Lpv91X0sMc- PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) January 1, 2021The emphatic victory for world number eight Chisnall – who nearly recorded a nine-dart leg, just missing double 12 – ended a run of 27 matches without a win over van Gerwen. Sky Sports was told by the 40-year-old Englishman: “I’m so proud. I’ve been training well, I’ve been playing well, I’d say in the last three or four weeks. It just didn’t happen for some reason. Full credit to @ChizzyChisnall, who was excellent in the game, and wish him luck for the rest of the tournament. Thank you for the help of pic.twitter.com/bWfdjyGP6d- Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) January 1, 2021He added on Twitter, “I didn’t turn up at all tonight and let myself down. For some reason it just didn’t happen up there. “Full credit to @ChizzyChisnall who was excellent all game and I wish him luck for the rest of the tournament. Thanks for the support. Anderson defeated Dirk Van Duijvenbode earlier, losing the first set before surging to a 5-1 victory. The Scot, who had a 101.07 average, said, “Anderson had earlier defeated Dirk Van Duijvenbode, losing the first set before surging to a 5-1 triumph.The Scot, who had an average of 101.07, said: ” Dirk came off as he did in the first set and I played very well actually – I was thinking ‘here we go’. Asked if we only saw the 2015 and 2016 Anderson, the years he won the title, the fifty-year-old said, “Not quite yet: “Not quite yet. They’re coming along. “The 140s are coming good now. Still a few mistakes, but I’m happy. “ANDERSON HITTING FORMGary Anderson seems to find his groove at the right time… He’s through to the semi-finals, beating Dirk van Duijvenbode 5-1 with a 101st score. Is he on his way to a third title in the world? “Pic.twitter.com/2kgGCDtPaW- PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) January 1, 2021He added: “If I don’t win this title, I’d love to see Chizzy (Chisnall) win it. As he beat Daryl Gurney 5-4, Welsh No3 Price reached his second consecutive semi-final, while Bunting won his first final appearance over Krzysztof Ratajski with a 5-3 victory.