Simon Whitlock won through to the World Grand Prix semi-finals for the first time with a straight sets romp against Benito van de Pas, but his 120 finish left everyone gasping.
‘The Wizard’ breezed through the first two sets for the loss of only one leg, taking the opener without reply and finishing a spectacular 120 checkout with two bullseyes on his way to the second, as Van de Pas paid for seven missed finishing doubles.
The Australian then took out double two and 54 to lead 2-0 in set three, with Van de Pas landing a 180 – his first of the game – and tops in reply only for Whitlock to finish 62 to seal his semi-final spot.
“I felt relaxed today,” admitted Whitlock, who will be appearing in his first TV ranking semi-final since the 2014 World Matchplay on Friday night.
“I like Benito, we’re good friends on the tour but I had a job to do and I won. I watched his game last night and that probably made me more focused because he played an amazing game and I had to pick my game up, but I won the match and I’m really happy.
“I’m in the semis now and we’ll see what happens tomorrow – I’ll be focused and ready.”
Click on the video above to see Whitlock’s stunning 120 checkout with two bulls…
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