Gerwyn Price was left with mixed feelings after bowing out of the European Darts Open at the third round stage.
Price advanced to finals day in Leverkusen with a 6-4 win over Luke Woodhouse on Saturday, but no further after being dumped out by Nathan Aspinall 6-5. The Asp's win booked a quarter-final clash with recent first-time European Tour winner Luke Humphries, who knocked out Brendan Dolan in his third round tie.
But it’s an early flight home for Price, who returned to European Tour action after deciding to skip last weekend’s tournament in Austria, citing his busy schedule as he looks to recover, mentally and physically, from a broken bone in his hand. Taking to Instagram after his defeat to Aspinall, Price wrote: “VERY VERY Frustrating but going in the right direction.. great support here in Germany this weekend. Hopefully the same in Sheffield Thursday night.”
Price will be in Premier League action in Sheffield on Thursday looking to keep his hopes of reaching the play-offs alive. The Iceman is seven points off fourth-place Peter Wright with just three weeks of the regular season remaining. However, with Wright in poor form and set to face Michael van Gerwen in his quarter-final in South Yorkshire, a run to the final could see him close the gap.
Meanwhile, in Leverkusen, the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final take place this evening. Aspinall and Humphries will be joined in the last eight by the in-form Van Gerwen, who knocked out Jonny Clayton in a heavyweight clash, and James Wade, who came from 3-0 down to defeat Jose de Sousa.
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Rising star Josh Rock and Dimitri Van Den Bergh are also through. Rock defeated Wright’s conqueror on Saturday, Scott Williams, while Van Den Bergh saw off home favourite Martin Schindler. The quarter-final line-up was completed after Ryan Searle defeated Dave Chisnall 6-5 in a final-leg decider.
European Darts Open quarter-final line-up
Nathan Aspinall v Luke Humphries
Dirk van Duijvenbode v Michael van Gerwen
Josh Rock v Dimitri Van den Bergh
James Wade v Ryan Searle
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