Grand Slam of Darts – Groups A to D (final matches)
Here are the tables, fixtures, plus some stats and notes of interest ahead of the final matches in groups A to D at the Grand Slam on Tuesday evening.
• Michael van Gerwen has won his group for each of the last 4 years (a feat no other player in the tournament has matched) and if as expected he does confirm top place again tonight it will be 5 consecutive 1st place finishes. He hasn’t lost a match in the group stage since Mark Walsh beat him in 2011, meaning he is currently on a run of winning 12 consecutive group matches before tonight.
• West is likely to have to beat van Gerwen to progress to the Last 16, in 4 previous meeting against MVG he has failed to win.
• Huybrechts has qualified 2nd behind van Gerwen in their group in each of the last 2 years. He is one of only 3 other players to have qualified previously with only 1 win, something he could even do again tonight depending on leg difference and the result in the other group game.
• Oosterhuis is still looking to win his first leg of the tournament, the lowest total of legs won in the group stage is currently 1, this was Niels de Ruiter in 2008, he won his solitary leg during his opening group fixture.
• Adams is in a position where he knows a win would take him through but with White and Klaasen playing earlier in the evening he could have qualified already should White defeat Klaasen. It has been 13 years since Adams last met Beaton in a ranking tournament and over 21 years since their first ranking tournament meeting.
• Beaton has qualified from his group on 3 out of 4 previous attempts, each time in 2nd place. When he won his World Championship title in 1996 he defeated Adams in the quarter-finals. They could actually face again in the quarter-finals of this tournament.
• Klassen has seen both his matches go to a deciding leg, in both of those matches his opponent was throwing first in the deciding leg. Against Beaton he reeled off an impressive 12 dart leg to win the match, Adams won the decider in their match with a 14 dart leg.
• White has only won 1 of his previous 5 group matches at the Grand Slam. Having exited the tournament in 2011 with 1 win and started with 2 defeats so far this year.
• Having finished unbeaten in the group stage in 2014, the 2 wins by Smith this year mean he has won his last 5 group matches at the Grand Slam.
• Lewis has only ever won more than 1 group match on 3 occasions at the Grand Slam and 4 times he has exited the tournament with only 1 win to his name.
• Fordham has hit a ton plus checkout in both matches he has played and he has also broken throw in the opening leg in both the games too.
• Jones has been beaten in each of his last 6 group matches at the Grand Slam, he last win at this stage was against Nigel Heydon in 2011.
• After only picking up 2 wins in his first 9 group matches at the Grand Slam, Chisnall has now won 4 out of his last 5. After finishing top of his group last year he went all the way to the final.
• King has only failed to qualify for the knockout rounds on 1 occasion, he has won his group in each of the last 3 years and has finished top of his group 6 times overall.
• Wright has won 4 and lost 4 of his group stage matches at the Grand Slam, he is looking for his 2nd successive qualification for the knockout stage having done so for the first time last year.
• Mitchell will be trying to get his first win at the Grand Slam in his debut year at the tournament. He has scored well in both games but has come up against opponents in very good form, and after Chisnall’s performance on Sunday night Mitchell could be up against it again.