Belfast Telegraph

Suljovic savours 'perfect feeling' after shock win over Anderson

By Robert Jones

Mensur Suljovic couldn't hide his emotion after he stunned two-time world champion Gary Anderson to win the 2017 Champions League of Darts in Cardiff.

The 45-year-old world number seven had been seen as an outsider coming into the tournament, but he held his own in a tense final for an 11-9 victory.

The Austrian won all five matches over the weekend including a 10-3 win over Anderson in the group stages.

Suljovic was left with his favourite double 14 to win the tournament, which he threw at the first time of asking.

Suljovic said after his victory: "It's a perfect feeling. I never thought I could win this tournament. Gary is a brilliant player, I have so much respect for this guy. I never gave up."

Anderson said: "He's been the best player this weekend and he deserves it. He's brilliant."

Suljovic booked his place in the final with a superb 160 finish to defeat Raymond van Barneveld 11-9 in the last four.

Earlier, defending champion Phil Taylor set up a semi-final against Anderson by defeating world champion Michael van Gerwen.

But Taylor was defeated 11-6 by Anderson in the semi-final.

Scot Anderson could not quite match his heavy scoring from earlier in the day as Suljovic won the first televised PDC major of his career in the second year of the tournament's history.

Anderson had almost missed out on a place in the semi-finals to fellow Scot Peter Wright, but he held his nerve to pin double top and win 10-9 after Wright missed double 12 for victory in the afternoon session.

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