Simon Whitlock Australia’s highest ranked player got off to a sluggish start again as he did in day one and clawed his way back into the match and win it comfortable after rattling off 4 games in a row.
over the last couple of weeks, Simon has been winning although a little ugly but he has been winning and his tenacity showed out today.
Simon is a grinder when he plays and I think this format does not suit his style. The best he has done in the bwin Grand Slam of Darts is a quarterfinal finish in 2008,2009. When interviewed after his win Whitlock stated: “this isn’t my favourite tournament, I think the format doesn’t suit me”.
Whitlock is a slim chance to get through to the next stage his next opponent is Gerwyn Price who sits atop the Group F table with two wins, Price beat Glen Durrant (5-4) in their second-round clash. He needs to beat Gerwyn Price comfortable and Durrant to loose to Gilding to move through.
On his next match against Price Whitlock said “It was a great win for me. I was pumped up and the 116 probably did the damage. I’ll take the win and move on to an important match against Gerwyn Price tomorrow.”
Mark McGeeney 5-3 Ryan Searle (H)
Josh Payne 5-2 Jim Williams (E)
Scott Mitchell 5-1 Martin Schindler (G)
Simon Whitlock 5-2 Andrew Gilding (F)
Stephen Bunting 5-3 Mensur Suljovic (G)
Rob Cross 5-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh (H)
Gerwyn Price 5-4 Glen Durrant (F)
Peter Wright 5-2 Max Hopp (E)
The Group F Table