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MENSUR SULJOVIC won his maiden ranking title with a brilliant weekend at the HappyBet International Darts Open, where he overcame Kim Huybrechts 6-5 in an enthralling final. 

The Austrian ace followed up nine previous ranking semi-finals by reaching his first final with wins over Dutch pair Jelle Klaasen, Yordi Meeuwisse and England's James Wilson on Sunday.

There, he looked to have thrown away his chance for victory when he saw Huybrechts come from 4-2 down to lead 5-4, before levelling to force a decider.

While Huybrechts was first to a finish, the Belgian missed seven match darts to allow Suljovic back into the leg, and the 44-year-old landed double 16 before dropping to his knees in celebration of his first PDC triumph and a £25,000 prize.

"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."

Huybrechts, who was bidding to win his third PDC European Tour title, landed a 180 as he took the opening leg before Suljovic took the next two to edge 2-1 up.

A brilliant 132 bull finish from Huybrechts saw him level, only for Suljovic to finish legs of 13 and 14 darts to move 4-2 up before the Belgian again nailed 132 for a 12-darter.

Huybrechts then finished a 13-darter and double 12 to move 5-4 up with three successive legs, but Suljovic levelled in leg ten before recovering from a shaky start to the deciding leg to snatch a dramatic triumph.

Huybrechts had lost only five legs in his previous three games on Sunday as he overcame Robbie Green, Dragutin Horvat and Benito van de Pas, but had to settle for the £10,000 runner-up prize.

Wilson knocked out Terry Jenkins and Andy Boulton on Sunday as he won through to the semi-finals of a third successive ranking event, and his first last four appearance on the European Tour stage.

Van de Pas, meanwhile, was bidding to go one better than in his previous visit to Riesa in 2015, when he was the runner-up to Michael Smith, only to lose out to Huybrechts in their repeat of last year's semi-final.

Host Nation Qualifier Horvat became only the second German player to reach a European Tour quarter-final - after Max Hopp in Hamburg earlier this year - as he overcame Ian White 6-4 in a third round with a brilliant display.

Scottish-based Boulton and Dutchman Meeuwisse also reached a European Tour quarter-final for the first time, while Australian ace Simon Whitlock joined them in the last eight with a superb 6-3 third round defeat of Peter Wright.

Wright's top ten rivals Robert Thornton, Dave Chisnall and Jelle Klaasen also lost out in the third round, alongside newcomer Ryan Meikle, Jenkins, White and Green.

Suljovic's victory also puts him in line to claim a place in November's SINGHA Beer Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, while he moves up to 14th on the PDC Order of Merit.

The weekend also saw a German record crowd for the European Tour of over 3,500 fans attend Saturday's evening session in the first of three successive events to be held this month.

Next weekend sees the HappyBet European Darts Trophy take place at the RWE Arena in Muelheim before the HappyBet European Darts Grand Prix is held from September 16-18 at the Glaspalast in Sindelfingen.

HappyBet International Darts Open 
Sunday September 4
Afternoon Session
Third Round 

Ryan Meikle 2-6 Yordi Meeuwisse
Jelle Klaasen 5-6 Mensur Suljovic
James Wilson 6-4 Terry Jenkins
Dave Chisnall 5-6 Andy Boulton
Peter Wright 3-6 Simon Whitlock
Benito van de Pas 6-2 Robert Thornton
Ian White 4-6 Dragutin Horvat
Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Robbie Green

Evening Session
Quarter-Finals 

Yordi Meeuwisse 1-6 Mensur Suljovic
James Wilson 6-1 Andy Boulton
Simon Whitlock 5-6 Benito van de Pas
Dragutin Horvat 1-6 Kim Huybrechts

Semi-Finals 
Mensur Suljovic 6-1 James Wilson
Benito van de Pas 2-6 Kim Huybrechts

Final 
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Kim Huybrechts

All games are best of 11 legs. Sunday's games played in draw bracket order.

Third Round 
Yordi Meeuwisse won the battle between European Tour debutants, defeating Ryan Meikle 6-2 with a strong display to reach the quarter-finals in Riesa.

The pair had both received a second round bye after the withdrawals of Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen, with the Dutchman kicking off their third round tie by taking the opening two legs without reply.

Young left-hander Meikle took out an 11-darter he pulled back to 3-2, but Meeuwisse took out legs of 14 and 13 darts to move 5-2 up before sealing victory in style with a 180 and a 121 finish for a 12-dart leg.

Mensur Suljovic also finished 121 to secure victory as his third round tie with Jelle Klaasen went all the way to a deciding leg in a tight contest.

Suljovic's opening 13-darter was followed by a 12-darter from Klaasen to set the tone, with neither player unable to break throw before the Dutchman landed a 180 in the decider, only to see the Austrian follow two 140s and a ton with a 121 checkout.

James Wilson came from 3-0 down to reach his first European Tour quarter-final with a brilliant 6-4 comeback win over Terry Jenkins.

Jenkins raced into a 3-0 lead before two misses in leg four allowed Wilson in, and he hit back to level with further legs of 11 and 13 darts, and after the next two legs were shared it was the Yorkshireman who took out 117 and 140 to snatch victory.

Andy Boulton's best-ever weekend on the European Tour continued as he edged out Dave Chisnall in a brilliant clash which went the distance to 11 legs before the world number nine lost out with a 104.59 average.

Chisnall followed up winning the opening leg by missing double 12 for a nine-dart finish in the second, taking the leg in ten darts to move two legs up.

Boulton hit back and was in the hunt at 4-3 before he also missed double 12 for a perfect leg in the eighth, but he returned to take the leg in 11-darts to level before moving 5-4 up.

Chisnall produced a 13-darter to force a decider, but Boulton held the advantage of throw and took out a 14-dart finish to reach his first quarter-final in this format.

Simon Whitlock also emerged victorious in a game of outstanding quality as he averaged 103.30 in a 6-3 defeat of Peter Wright, for whom a 107 average was not enough.

Whitlock hit three 14-darters in the first four legs as he moved 4-0 up before Wright landed a pair of 11-dart legs as he pulled back to 4-3 - but he crucially missed his chance to level in the eight before the Australian hit legs of 12 and 13 darts to progress.

Whitlock now meets Benito van de Pas in the quarter-finals, after last year's Riesa finalist overcame Robert Thornton 6-2, taking five successive legs at one stage as he moved into the last eight.

Host Nation Qualifier Dragutin Horvat thrilled the home crowd with a stunning 6-4 defeat of Ian White to become only the second German player, behind Max Hopp, to reach a European Tour quarter-final.

Legs of 12 and 11 darts saw White race into a 2-0 lead before the Croatian-born ace levelled, and though the Stoke ace took the fifth leg, it was the home favourite who took four of the next five, including finishes of 116, 62 and 80, to claim the biggest win of his career.

Horvat now meets two-time European Tour winner Kim Huybrechts, who landed a tidy 122 bull finish in opening up a 3-0 lead against Robbie Green before going on to complete a 6-2 triumph.

Match Stats
Average 180s Finishing       Average 180s Finishing
94.84 3 2/9 Ryan Meikle 2-6 Yordi Meeuwisse 100.49 4 6/9
90.41 3 5/6 Jelle Klaasen 5-6 Mensur Suljovic 98.14 1 6/12
93.58 5 6/15 James Wilson 6-4 Terry Jenkins 88.20 2 4/14
104.59 5 5/16 Dave Chisnall 5-6 Andy Boulton 98.15 4 6/19
107.19 5 3/7 Peter Wright 3-6 Simon Whitlock 103.30 4 6/13
90.66 1 6/14 Benito van de Pas 6-2 Robert Thornton 78.02 1 2/5
101.33 2 4/4 Ian White 4-6 Dragutin Horvat 99.41 4 6/12
93.12 2 6/10 Kim Huybrechts 6-2 Robbie Green 81.47 0 2/6


Quarter-Finals 
Mensur Suljovic booked his place in a 12th PDC semi-final with a dominant 6-1 win over Yordi Meeuwisse, ending the Dutchman's successful European Tour debut.

The Austrian ace took the opening three legs before Meeuwisse hit back with a fine 11-darter, but Suljovic proved too strong and hit a second 14-darter of the game in another three-leg burst to seal victory.

James Wilson won through to his first European Tour semi-final with a 6-1 win over Andy Boulton, who had progressed to the last eight in the format for the first time before running out of steam against the Yorkshireman.

Boulton landed a 180 in taking the game's opening leg, but key finishes of 61, 98 and 79 sealed six straight legs for Wilson as he moved through to meet Suljovic.

Benito van de Pas edged a gripping quarter-final with Simon Whitlock to continue his challenge for a first European Tour win.

Whitlock hit back from 2-0 down to level before van de Pas edged 4-2 up with a pair of 14-dart legs, but a stunning 152 checkout from the Australian looked to have turned the game as he sparked a run of three straight legs to move 5-4 up.

Van de Pas, though, punished a missed match dart from Whitlock to force a decider, where both players also saw one dart for victory go begging before the Dutchman returned to pin double five for the win.

Kim Huybrechts ended home hopes with a ruthless 6-1 win over Host Nation Qualifier Dragutin Horvat, who had reached the quarter-finals in his first European Tour appearance since 2013.

Huybrechts took the first five legs, including legs of 14 and 12 darts to break throw, before Horvat took out double 18 for a 13-darter to get off the mark in leg six, but that would be his only dart at a double as the Belgian sealed victory with a clinical 11-dart finish.

Match Stats
Average 180s Finishing       Average 180s Finishing
89.58 2 1/2 Yordi Meeuwisse 1-6 Mensur Suljovic 98.54 2 6/10
93.56 2 6/16 James Wilson 6-1 Andy Boulton 84.67 1 1/5
94.38 3 5/15 Simon Whitlock 5-6 Benito van de Pas 90.57 3 6/11
86.97 0 1/1 Dragutin Horvat 1-6 Kim Huybrechts 100.75 2 6/11

Semi-Finals 
Mensur Suljovic won through to his first ranking final with a comprehensive 6-1 win over James Wilson, who saw his best-ever run on the European Tour stage come to an end in the last four.

The Austrian took the game's opening five legs without reply, including two 14-darters, before Wilson took out 96 for a 14-darter to hit back.

However, Suljovic replied with a 96 finish of his own in the seventh leg to secure victory, tasting glory in a semi-final for the first time in ten attempts on the PDC circuit.

Kim Huybrechts joined Suljovic in the final with a fine 6-2 semi-final win over Benito van de Pas - avenging his loss to the Dutchman at the same stage in this event a year ago.

After a 120 finish gave van de Pas the opener, Huybrechts levelled and then moved ahead with a superb 12-darter, with the Dutchman levelling but missing doubles in the next two legs as the Belgian moved 4-2 up.

A 13-darter gave Huybrechts a 5-2 lead, and he then landed a fifth 180 before sealing his spot in the final on double four to continue his bid for a third European Tour title.

Match Stats
Average 180s Finishing       Average 180s Finishing
96.87 1 6/12 Mensur Suljovic 6-1 James Wilson 86.48 0 1/4
94.96 2 2/13 Benito van de Pas 2-6 Kim Huybrechts 95.95 5 6/20

Final 
Match Stats
Mensur Suljovic 6-5 Kim Huybrechts
19 100+ 14
8 140+ 8
0 170+ 0
1 180 1
95.15 Average 93.89
96 High Finish 132 x2
3 Breaks of Throw 2
6/12 - 50% Checkout % 5/15 - 33%
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Very chuffed that "The Gentle" picked up his first win.  Was unfortunate that Huybrechts had to put a whiny comment with his post-match interview on stage.  Keep them cheeky/dodgy comments to yourself or for another time is my thinking.

Good one Mensur. :thumbup:
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Seen that in the discussion thread...he has done things like that in the past.

Personally, I wouldn't be a huge fan of mensur (mainly becaue his throw annoys me) but its good to see someone new lift a title and he definitely deserves it going on recent form.
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He deserved this title. He played good darts this weekend (like he did the whole season) and is a pleasant guy.
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Great Win.
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Enjoy darts
may all the doubles be with you

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Glad for the guy, even though his style of throw is not one of my favorites, he is growing on me as a player. Seems like a no excuse, no nonsense player who goes out to do his best and accepts his lot, win or lose, like a man. As opposed to Kimmie blaming the crowd for his bottling it in the end.
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Love seeing Mensur win!

What a character!

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A very good tournament,,,,I watched most of the event,,, some great talent,,,,TBH Kim played very well to only to miss so many match darts so many times at the end,,,,Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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I absolutely agree.  This is, by far, the best competition I have seen in the last year.  Mostly because the big guns were not there and it allowed some exceptionally talented individuals step up.  Many of them have the game, but not the mental fortitude to play with the big boys.  Seems like Chizzy and Snakebite just fall apart when they are a bit behind.

Also, the commentary was very enthusiastic.  Not the same humdrum we have been getting.  Hearing the commentators literally scream during some of the close matches was refreshing.

Add to the above the number of games that went to a deciding leg, and you have a phenomenal competition!!!!
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Mensur...Premier League wildcard; maybe!

Anyway, great win for him!
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Nice win for Mensur he deserved the win even though Kim had him beat and choked on his doubles. Paul Nicholson is a great commentator I really respect his insight and knowledge of the game of darts. This tournament was a good one to watch even without the top players. I thought Simon Whitlock played solid as well hoping to see him make a comeback he is an amazing player when on form.
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(09-06-2016, 11:42 PM)kevmode Wrote: Nice win for Mensur he deserved the win even though Kim had him beat and choked on his doubles. Paul Nicholson is a great commentator I really respect his insight and knowledge of the game of darts. This tournament was a good one to watch even without the top players. I thought Simon Whitlock played solid as well hoping to see him make a comeback he is an amazing player when on form.

Whitlock making in roads again...thought this was his chance with the field to beat..agree with nico on commentry as well...comes across very well
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(09-05-2016, 06:03 PM)gumbo2176 Wrote: Glad for the guy, even though his style of throw is not one of my favorites, he is growing on me as a player.   Seems like a no excuse, no nonsense player who goes out to do his best and accepts his lot, win or lose, like a man.     As opposed to Kimmie blaming the crowd for his bottling it in the end.

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Good win for Mensur .
 

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Was happy to see Mensur win and the joy, passion and sheer delight on his face when he won was great to see. That's how much winning matches and an event should mean to everyone. Well done Mensur Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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