German Darts Open 2018
The second edition of the German Darts Open was played from 13 to 15 April at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbrücken. History is written this tournament; For the first time in the history of the PDC, a German player wins a senior ranking tournament. Max Hopp defeats Michael Smith in a fifteenth and decisive leg of a blistering final.
On his way to the final, The Maximiser also beats some big names. After overcoming Zoran Lerchbacher in round one he beats the number two of the world Peter Wright. Then Benito van de Pas, Joe Cullen and in the semi-final world champion Rob Cross. Michael Smith in turn beats Steve Lennon, Jelle Klaasen, Mervyn King and Ian White.
In the final, the Englishman is leading 3-0 and 6-3, but he misses three darts for the 7-3 and then the match changes. Via 6-6 it becomes 7-7, Smith has the darts in the last leg and is on 64 after 12 darts. Hopp stands on 121 after nine darts and hits it via the bullseye. He crowns himself the 2018 German Open champion.
As mentioned earlier, Hopp is the first German player to win a ranking tournament with the seniors at the PDC. Smith remains at four EuroTour victories.
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