The best German Darts Professional Gabriel Clemens won his opening match at the Grand Slam in Wolverhampton sovereign. The 38-year-old from Saarwellingen defeated the Belgians Mike de Decker with 5: 1.
In the group stage of the German Giant also meets the former world champion Peter Wright (Scotland) and the Englishwoman Fallon Sherlock. The two best of each of the eight groups reach the knockout stages.
The Strausbergerplatz Martin Schindler, however, suffered a significant defeat. The 25-year-old succumbed to Poland Krzysztof Ratajkowski with 1: 5. Schindler therefore faces the duels with world champion Berwyn price (Wales) and Nathan Daugherty (Northern Ireland) are already under pressure.
The winner of the Grand Slam will receive 125,000 pounds prize money. For the first time since 2007 discharged tournament will take place without the representatives of the World Association, the now insolvent British Darts Organization (BDO), instead. Previously, the event was the only in which collided, the top players of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and the BDO directly.
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Schindler and Clemens are equally qualified for the World Cup at London s Alexandra Palace (from 15 December) as the 16-year-old Fabian Schuyler (Frankfurt) and newcomer Florian Hempen (Cologne). The eight-time World Cup participants Max Hope has the qualifying tournament on November 29, his last chance.