Well, we now have the Semi-Finals confirmed for the Coral UK Open, and as It’s the most open tournaments that we’ve ever seen. Three out of four of the Semi-Finalist’s have never reached the Semi-Finals of a televised major before (Cadby, Pallett & Owen).
Gary Anderson is of course the firm favourite to win the event, but Corey Cadby for me has really impressed not only this weekend, but since winning his tour card in January. The 22-year old Australian has been very professional about his business over the past few days, and thoroughly deserves his place in the last four.
Robert Owen & David Pallett have also been highly impressive in reaching the SF’s, Pallett hasn’t even got a tour card, which highlights the strength in depth that the PDC possesses. The Shropshire-based ace has swept aside a host of big names en route to reaching the last four.
As for Owen, he’s been a player in great form over the past 9-12 months especially in the floor events, but with a few good runs on the European Tour, the Welshman has really stepped up to the task this weekend.
Here’s what some of the darting community had to say on this afternoon’s action :
” The Quarter-finals of the UK Open probably didn’t live up to some of yesterdays matches, but David Pallett and Robert Owen will both be delighted with their performances. Corey Cadby continues to show he belongs at the top table with a solid win over Price. Gary Anderson never came out of 3rd gear but, a wins the most important thing and Rob Cross seemed to shut off after the first 10 legs. It will be a Anderson/Cadby final for me. ”
– Mick O’Brien
” I thought it was a great shame that John Part lost the way that he did. But, It’s good to see players like Robert Owen come through. Same with David Pallett, kept his head whilst the vastly more experienced Steve West lost his.
Corey Cadby proved he can play well amongst the big boys again. Gerwyn Price certainly didnt play badly and Cadby was lethal.
Gary Anderson is probably the favourite now. Looked good against Rob Cross and anyone would have a hard job stopping him now. ”
– Steven Hughes (@stevenlhughes)
” I really expected John to play better, however I was pleasantly surprised by the brilliant ‘Stack Attack’ performance. I think that Cadby is going to edge that SF, however, I wouldn’t be surprised whichever way it goes.
I think that Ando is a massive favourite now, as he has played solid all the way through the tournament and, despite not averaging brilliantly in the last match, did enough to get over the line without any dramas. I think that Pallett will cause a few problems but not enough to win.
So an Ando vs Cadby final will be intriguing. Cadby will rise to the occasion and Anderson will play his own game. I think it will go all the way, Cadby will miss a match dart and Anderson will take out a three figure outshot to win. ”
– Finlay Earnshaw (@TandL180)
” Four fairly comfortable wins for the four “form” players all fully deserved.
Plus the SF draw as good as it gets for TV / Coral with the likely outcome a Anderson v Cadby final. I Still think both Pallett and Owen will have a chance but a focused Gary Anderson will be hard to stop and Cadby is a pure raw talent who has already proven he can win PDC titles. ”
– Andy Walsh
” It was interesting to see that : Pallett won 6 of the last 7 legs, Owen won 8 of the last 9 legs, Cadby won 4 of the last 5 legs & Anderson won the last 6 legs.
But, my guess is that most players can keep the game close for the first 10-12 legs, as they’re more accustomed to playing best of 11. As for Cross, well, there wasn’t much he could do about Ando averaging 111 after the 2nd break. ”
– Christopher Kempf (@ochepedia)
” The Quarter-Finals were a bit of a damp squib. Cadby and Price respected each other way too much and Rob Cross just didn’t hit the heights we’re used to him hitting. I was pleased for Pallett getting through against Steve West! He knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he refused the bull with West sitting on a finish. He knew it’d rile Steve and it really did. To compound matters, Steve tried to do it back to Pallett when he was sitting on 141. Six darts later and West lost the leg. West certainly showed what he was saying in his interview with Dan Dawson before the game. ”
– Paul Lees (@predictions180)
[Photo : Chris Dean / PDC]