International Darts Open
Gerwyn Price defeated Peter Wright 8-4 in the final of the 2022 Interwetten International Darts Open in Riesa on Sunday to keep his place as world number one.
The final of the year’s first European Tour event saw the world’s top two collide, with the winner taking the world number one spot on the PDC Order of Merit, as well as the title and £25,000 winner’s prize.
A high-quality final saw both players average over 106, but Price’s deadly accuracy on the outer ring saw him miss just one attempt at double to lift the title for a third time in four years in front of 2,000 fans at the Sachsenarena.
“I told Peter he will have to wait another week [to become world number one],” joked Price, who last suffered defeat in a European Tour event in 2020.
“There was a lot of pressure on me in that final with the world number one spot resting on it, so I’m proud of myself tonight.
“I’ve played here four times and won three of them; I thank the crowd immensely for the reception they gave me and the way they supported both players in the final.”
Price continued the form which saw him hit two nine-darters on his way to winning Premier League Night Three in Liverpool ten days ago.
The Welshman saw off Australia’s Damon Heta in Sunday afternoon’s last 16 before victories over Danny Noppert and the returning Nathan Aspinall in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.
Sunday February 27th
THIRD ROUND (12.00 GMT)
Joe Cullen 2-6 Nathan Aspinall
James Wade 6-1 Kim Huybrechts
Michael van Gerwen 4-6 Danny Noppert
Gerwyn Price 6-2 Damon Heta
Brian Raman 1-6 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Lewy Williams
Peter Wright 6-2 Niko Springer
Michael Smith 6-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode
QUARTER-FINALS (18.00 GMT)
Nathan Aspinall 6-2 James Wade
Gerwyn Price 6-4 Danny Noppert
Jonny Clayton 6-4 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Peter Wright 6-5 Michael Smith
Gerwyn Price 7-3 Nathan Aspinall
Peter Wright 7-3 Jonny Clayton
Gerwyn Price 8-4 Peter Wright
All games up to and including the quarter-finals are the best of 11 legs, with the semi-finals the best of 13 legs and the final the best of 15 legs.
Prize Fund :
Last 16 losers: £3,000
Last 32 losers: £2,000
Last 48 losers: £1,000