Wayne Mardle: Wright and Suljovic to play-out a long battle
It's been a great week for Wayne Mardle's tips and his 22/1 outright selection remains in the mix as we reach the semi-finals. Mensur Suljovic is that man and a gruelling battle against Peter Wright awaits...
"This will be a real tough match for both because they play a similar game, and that's trying to be more consistent than the other."
Epic encounter in store in first semi-final
Peter Wright v Mensur Suljovic
I'm staying away from the Anderson v De Zwaan match, I'm finding it hard to read. So let's crack in with Peter v Mensur.
Both have been good, obviously. Both have showed amazing poise under pressure. Both know they have the game to beat the other, but most importantly in my mind is that both players have won on the big stage before. They are experienced in lifting a trophy when it matters most.
Knowing you have what it takes to win is part of being a winner. Getting close is okay but until you cross the line there's always a doubt, these guys don't doubt themselves.
Peter and Mensur did a job on their opponents in the quarter finals by being more consistent and better on the outer ring.
Mensur's 55% check out rate against Darren Webster was brilliant, under pressure, to be that accurate is world class. As for Wright's 76% against Simon Whitlock...I have no words. It was simply the best double hitting display I've ever seen over a first to 16 leg format.
The combination finishing of Wright was improbable - 89, 60, 54, 76, 110, 91, 140, 102, 44, 56, and 82.
I don't envisage either player running riot on the treble bed like they have on the double. This will be a real tough match for both because they play a similar game, and that's trying to be more consistent than the other.
When these have played in the past, the encounters have been close, 11-8, 10-8, 9-10, Mensur winning the lion's share. They've played each other 14 times, and of course, you've guessed it, it's seven wins apiece.
I think this will go on and on, it'll be a battle of wills. I don't see a player shaking the other off easily.
I have to back over 29.5 legs at even money. It's now the best of 33 legs at this stage.