Singapore Masters: Dave Chisnall knocks out Phil Taylor in quarter-finals
Last Updated: 15/08/14 8:16pm
Dave Chisnall caused an upset in the quarter-finals of the Singapore Masters with a 10-6 win over Phil Taylor.
The impressive Chisnall was joined by Michael van Gerwen, James Wade and Simon Whitlock in the semi-finals, which are scheduled for Saturday.
Taylor had travelled to Singapore on the back of a record seventh successive World Matchplay title last month, but he paid for a series of missed doubles as Chisnall battled through.
Chisnall led 2-0 and 4-2 early on, before Taylor capitalised on a string of misses from the world number eight as he cut the gap to 4-3.
The roles were reversed in the next two legs as Chisnall finished 82 and 76 on tops to take advantage of misses from Taylor, and he also won the next three legs to move 9-3 up.
Taylor, staring defeat in the face, hit back with legs of 14, 13 and 14 darts to reduce the gap to 9-6 and threaten a fightback as Chisnall began to wobble.
Taylor also landed a 180, his fourth, in the game's 16th leg, but missed two further darts at doubles to allow Chisnall in to take out 112 on tops to complete a memorable win.
"I'm delighted, over the moon," said Chisnall. "I started quite well; my scoring was good at the beginning and I was hitting my finishes well.
"My finishing was my strong point but I scored quite well and that gave me the chances. When I went 9-3 up I just froze and thought 'I'm going to win this'.
"I had six legs to win one and so I was thinking that it didn't matter how I play, I'll win one. Phil gave me the shot at 112 at the end and I took it."
Chisnall will face Australian star Simon Whitlock in the last four after he beat Raymond van Barneveld 10-6 in a topsy-turvy clash which saw a number of lead changes.
World Champion Michael van Gerwen sealed his 10-4 win over Andy Hamilton with a superb 164 checkout as he progressed to a semi-final against left-hander Wade.
Wade, meanwhile, impressed as he averaged 100.65 and finished 71 percent of his chances on the doubles in his memorable 10-4 win over Peter Wright.
The semi-finals and final take place on Saturday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.