Woodhouse steals the show on day 1 of the European Darts Open
Following a spectacular start to the PDC European Tour event in Leverkusen, Luke Woodhouse has set his sights on a showdown with Gerwyn Price in the Interwetten European Darts Open.
In the standout performance of Friday’s first round at the Ostermann Arena, Englishman Woodhouse set his highest recorded average of 109.98 in a superb 6-0 whitewash of Mickey Mansell.
In a strong performance, Woodhouse finished six doubles out of seven attempts, limiting Mansell to just two doubles as he advanced to a second round tie with top seed Price on Saturday.
“I felt really good,” said Woodhouse. “Practice didn’t go so well, but I felt really comfortable up on the stage and the crowd was amazing – it went really well.
“Obviously Gezzy is an unbelievable player so I’m going to have to perform like that tomorrow then you never know. I’ve got all the respect in the world for Gezzy so we’ll see what happens.”
A 100 average from Darren Penhall whitewashed Luc Peters setting up a meeting with recent German Darts Grand Prix winner Luke Humphries,
Josh Rock defeated fellow youngster Connor Scutt 6-0 in the afternoon session, and the emerging Northern Irish ace now faces Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski on Saturday.
Runner-up in the German Darts Grand Prix Martin Lukeman’s aspirations of a strong run on the European Tour were dashed with a 6-3 loss to Dennis Nilsson, who will face Jose de Sousa in the second round.
Daryl Gurney won the deciding leg of his tie with fellow Northern Irishman Kevin Burness, advancing to the second round to face Michael van Gerwen.
On Saturday, Scott Williams will face World Champion Peter Wright, who came back from a 5-4 deficit to overcome Czech Republic’s Adam Gawlas 6-5.
Martin Schindler of Germany stunned the Leverkusen crowd with a 6-2 victory over Ritchie Edhouse, hitting six doubles in 11 attempts, and will now face European Champion Rob Cross.
With a 6-3 loss to Dave Chisnall, top-ranked German Gabriel Clemens was ousted, setting up a tense second-round match with Damon Heta.
Rowby-John Rodriguez upset young German Nico Kurz 6-4 on Saturday night, tying the Austrian with Cazoo Premier League leader Jonny Clayton.
Berry van Peer came back from a 4-2 deficit to upset Jermaine Wattimena 6-4, punishing his fellow Dutchman with 21 missed doubles to advance to the last 32, where he will face Premier League standout James Wade.
Cameron Menzies overcame Ian White 6-3 in their tie, securing a second round match against Dimitri Van den Bergh with a 156 checkout.
Devon Petersen rallied from a 5-4 deficit to defeat Kevin Doets in a decisive leg, putting the South African in a second-round match against former housemate Joe Cullen, the 2022 Masters champion.
Krzysztof Kciuk punished Keane Barry with 13 missed doubles in a 6-3 victory that earned him a second round match against Ryan Searle, with a 133 finish.
In the deciding leg of their match, Maik Kuivenhoven escaped four missed match darts from Stephen Bunting to set up an all-Dutch final with Dirk van Duijvenbode.
Andrew Gilding came back from a 2-0 deficit to overcome Lukas Wenig 6-3 and advance to a tie with Brendan Dolan, stringing together five legs of between 12 and 15 darts.
Following the withdrawal of America’s Danny Baggish, Karel Sedlacek will face Nathan Aspinall in round two after receiving a bye.
2022 Interwetten European Darts Open
Friday May 6
Luke Woodhouse 6-0 Mickey Mansell
Darren Penhall 6-0 Luc Peters
Dennis Nilsson 6-3 Martin Lukeman
Josh Rock 6-0 Connor Scutt
Scott Williams 6-5 Adam Gawlas
Krzysztof Kciuk 6-3 Keane Barry
Andrew Gilding 6-3 Lukas Wenig
Devon Petersen 6-5 Kevin Doets
Maik Kuivenhoven 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Daryl Gurney 6-5 Kevin Burness
Berry van Peer 6-4 Jermaine Wattimena
Cameron Menzies 6-3 Ian White
Martin Schindler 6-2 Ritchie Edhouse
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-4 Nico Kurz
Dave Chisnall 6-3 Gabriel Clemens
NB: Karel Sedlacek receives Bye
Saturday May 7
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Krzysztof Ratajski v Josh Rock
Jose de Sousa v Dennis Nilsson
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Maik Kuivenhoven
Brendan Dolan v Andrew Gilding
Ryan Searle v Krzysztof Kciuk
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Cameron Menzies
James Wade v Berry van Peer
Joe Cullen v Devon Petersen
Evening Session (1900 local time, 1800 BST)
Luke Humphries v Darren Penhall
Nathan Aspinall v Karel Sedlacek
Gerwyn Price v Luke Woodhouse
Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright v Scott Williams
Jonny Clayton v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Rob Cross v Martin Schindler
Damon Heta v Dave Chisnall