Darts World Cup in London: Hempel is eliminated


Status: December 27, 2021 6:58 p.m.

Florian Hempel missed the last sixteen at the Darts World Cup. The Cologne clearly failed on the Australian Raymond Smith. Because of a corona case, Gabriel Clemens is deployed earlier today.

Hempel never found a game at a high level on Monday (December 27th, 2021) and was defeated by Smith in the third round, which is best-of-seven, with 1: 4.

Florian Hempel was the favorite in the duel after victories over compatriot Martin Schindler and co-favorite Dimitri van den Bergh, but was inferior to Smith from the start and thus missed the second German after Gabriel Clemens to reach the round of 16 at a World Cup.

The former handball goalkeeper, who played in the 2nd Bundesliga, this time looked nervous, flawed and hit significantly fewer triple than in his two previous appearances, which he made surprisingly strong.

Dissatisfied early on

He waved his hand dissatisfied early on, the first two sentences went relatively quickly to Smith, who had not achieved any great success with the PDC World Federation before the World Championships in Alexandra Palace. Even after that, Hempel missed many chances and had to give up the hard-fought legs again and again.

The 31-year-old from Cologne missed the chance to be the first German to win three games at a World Cup – Clemens did not succeed in 2020 because he started with a bye. Hempel can still leave the British capital satisfied. In its first year it earned £ 49,000 and attracted attention with several successes.

No shooting help for Hopp

While Smith had to deal with the winner of the game Steve Lennon (Ireland) against Mervyn King (England) in the round of 16 (from December 29th), Hempel also missed out on helping his compatriot Max Hopp. This could now lose the so-called tour card if the Australian Smith wins another game and displaces him from the necessary 64th place in the world rankings. The tour card entitles players to take part in important PDC tournaments.

Van der Voort with a positive corona test

The Englishman James Wade moved into the round of 16 without a fight. His opponent Vincent van der Voort, like his Dutch compatriot Raymond van Barneveld, had tested positive for the corona virus before.

Clemens outsider against Clayton

Since the game was canceled, the last remaining German darts professional will be used earlier on Monday evening. Gabriel Clemens competes as an outsider at around 9:30 p.m. against Welsh Jonny Clayton, who has already won four major tournaments this year.

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