Mensur Suljovic wins first PDC Tour title in Germany
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 04/09/16 11:01pm
Mensur Suljovic claimed his first PDC title with victory in the final of the HappyBet International Darts Open in Germany.
The Austrian, whose previous best performances had been reaching semi-finals, saw off Belgium's Kim Huybrechts 6-5 in an enthralling final to win the £25,000 first prize.
Suljovic had started his Sunday with a 6-5 win over Jelle Klaasen in the third round but his path through to the final proved a little easier after that tense success.
He defeated Yordi Meeuwisse 6-1 and repeated that result in the semi-finals, where England's James Wilson was his victim.
Huybrechts looked to be in ominous form going into his clash with Suljovic, losing only five legs as he cruised to wins over Robbie Green, Dragutin Horvat and Benito van de Pas, who he beat 6-2 in the last four.
Suljovic led 4-2 and looked to be on his way to a comfortable victory but Huybrechts bounced back to the form he had shown earlier in the day, reeling off three successive legs to move to the verge of victory.
But, after Suljovic had levelled, Huybrechts missed seven darts to win the match before Suljovic hit double-16 and dropped to his knees in celebration.
"I'm overwhelmed," said Suljovic. "I can't believe what happened in the final and for Kim to miss so many match darts, but I'm over the moon to win my first event."
With a number of top names missing from the tournament, Peter Wright, Dave Chisnall and Terry Jenkins all missed out on the chance of vital ranking points with third round exits, while defending champion Michael Smith crashed out on Saturday.
Victory improves Suljovic's chances of appearing in November's Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton and moves him up to 14th in the PDC Order of Merit.