He has reached another milestone in his career!
German darts professional Martin Schindler (25) reached the final of a PDC tournament at the Players Championship 8 in Niedernhausen for the first time.
“The best player in Germany at the moment is Schindler,” said commentator Paul Nicholson (42). A classification that can not yet be read in the Order of Merit calculated on the basis of the last two years’ prize money – Gabriel Clemens (38) is in 23rd place, 30 places ahead of him. But if you take the results alone after the World Cup in 2022, Schindler is now in 17th place in the top 20 in the world.
Despite 4: 8 in the final against Michael van Gerwen (32), Schindler should have qualified for almost all of this year’s major tournaments thanks to his consistently good performances on Sunday: World Cup, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Players Championship Finals, World Championships – where big money is made and even participation is generously rewarded.
The £ 8,000 from Niedernhausen at least made Schindler climb a little further on the world rankings. His success overtook Raymond van Barneveld (54), Boris Krcmar (42) and Steve Beaton (57) and is now 53rd in the world.
He literally flew through the tournament on Sunday. His leg record before the final: 37:10. He never gave up more than two legs in any fight. After 6: 2 against “Bronzed Adonis” Steve Beaton, he followed up with another 6: 2 against Luc Peters, played the last two legs in ten and eleven darts and increased his average to 108.42 – world class!
His money laundering against Rowby-John Rodriguez from Austria was no less impressive. “The Wall” humiliated its opponent 6: 0, again averaged over 100 (101.33) and advanced to the quarterfinals against Jamie Hughes.
Schindler won over the Englishman 6: 2 (average: 97.92). He also crossed the finish line confidently against Daryl Gurney (36) with a score of 6: 2 (average: 91.42). “He was the best player of the day so far, but he already looked like he was the best last week,” commentator Dan Dawson recalled before the semifinals of PDC’s livestream.
A week ago, he narrowly missed the final with a 5: 7 victory in the semifinals against Jim Williams. It was a defeat that annoyed him. But apparently Schindler drew the right conclusions.
Undaunted, he continued his run against double world champion Adrian Lewis (37). In the end, Schindler advanced to the final with 7: 2 and an average of 98.5.
In the final against van Gerwen, “The Wall” still had a good points average of 98.6, but the Dutchman (102.42) was too strong that night.
“I did the right things at the right times. And that’s what makes the difference in a final,” van Gerwen said later. Van Gerwen’s experience of a total of 105 participation in PDC finals was also a criterion.
“Martin is a good player and the German market should be good for him. He is a nice boy,” said the Dutchman, while Schindler congratulated the winner.
Overall, things went better for Darts Germany on Sunday after all eight starters were knocked out in the first round of the home game on Saturday.
Steven Noster got his first win in a Players Championship tournament by beating Ross Smith 6-5. In the second half, Dutchman Owen Roelofs was the end of the line. It could have gone even further for Ricardo Pietreczko. But the franker narrowly lost to Daryl Gurney in the decision-making leg.
And Max Hopp (25) also had a small success in the race to defend a tour card. After all, with his win in the first round, he brought £ 750 into his account. However, the 64th place in the world rankings, which is due at the end of the year, is still eleven places and £ 17,500 in prize money away.
For Daniel Klose (3: 6 against Brendan Dolan) and Florian Hempel (0: 6 against Keegan Brown) there was also nothing to pick up on Sunday. The same was true of the German number one. After the surprising 5: 6 against Damian Mol from Holland on Saturday, Gabriel Clemens was knocked out again in the first round after a poor performance.
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