Peter Wright set for European Championship title defence in Salzburg


The European Championship will get underway in Salzburg with 32 of the world’s stars in motion throughout 4 days, together with defending champion Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen, James Wade, Rob Cross and Simon Whitlock

Final Up to date: 14/10/21 10:57am

Peter Wright is about to defend his European Championship title in Salzburg

Peter Wright is about to defend his European Championship title, with former champions Michael van Gerwen, James Wade, Rob Cross and Simon Whitlock additionally among the many discipline.

The event will see the highest 32 gamers from the European Tour Order of Advantage in motion throughout six periods from October 14-17 on the Salzburgarena, with £500,000 in prize cash up for grabs.

The primary spherical sees 16 matches happen throughout the opening two periods on Thursday and Friday, as Wright begins the defence of the title he gained with an 11-4 defeat of Wade in final 12 months’s closing.

Michael van Gerwen joined Wright in exiting the World Grand Prix in the opening round on a night of shocks

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Michael van Gerwen joined Wright in exiting the World Grand Prix within the opening spherical on an evening of shocks

Michael van Gerwen joined Wright in exiting the World Grand Prix within the opening spherical on an evening of shocks

The Scot can be aiming to bounce again from a first-round exit to Cross on the World Grand Prix final week.

“Clearly it was disappointing to lose within the first spherical final week,” Wright admitted. “However honest play to Rob, he performed nice to beat me.

“However that is gone now and I am glad we have now a brief turnaround to the European Championship.

“Final 12 months this event was nice for me personally, I averaged effectively over 100 in all of my video games so it can go down as considered one of my greatest event performances.

“It might be nice if I might retain my title, however I do know I’ve bought a tricky first spherical draw in opposition to Florian, who can be seeking to present what he can do on the massive stage.”

2021 European Championship

MVG opens his European Championship quest on Friday

MVG opens his European Championship quest on Friday

Thursday October 14
Night Session (2000 native time, 1900 BST)
First Spherical x8

Simon Whitlock v William Borland
Brendan Dolan v Kim Huybrechts
Rob Cross v Keane Barry
Luke Humphries v Callan Rydz
Jose de Sousa v Lewis Williams
Peter Wright v Florian Hempel
Mensur Suljovic v Adam Hunt
Joe Cullen v Ted Evetts

Friday October 15
Night Session (2000 native time, 1900 BST)
First Spherical x8

Adam Gawlas v Joe Murnan
Krzysztof Ratajski v Danny Noppert
James Wade v Adam Smith-Neale
Nathan Aspinall v Mervyn King
Michael Smith v Ryan Searle
Michael van Gerwen v Boris Krcmar
Gerwyn Value v Ritchie Edhouse
Damon Heta v Gabriel Clemens

Saturday October 16
Afternoon Session (1345 native time, 1245 BST)
Second Spherical x4

Night Session (2000 native time, 1900 BST)
Second Spherical x4

Sunday October 17
Afternoon Session (1345 native time, 1245 BST)
Quarter-Finals

Night Session (2000 native time, 1900 BST)
Semi-Finals & Closing

Format
First Rounds – Better of 11 legs
Second Spherical – Better of 19 legs
Quarter-Finals – Better of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – Better of 21 legs
Closing – Better of 21 legs

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