Vincent van der Voort himself did not expect that he would be too strong for Daryl Gurney on Wednesday evening at the World Matchplay. The Dutchman won no less than 11-5 against the Brit and is in the quarterfinals of the prestigious darts tournament for the first time since 2009.
"I had not seen this coming", confessed a happy Van der Voort at RTL 7 . "If I win, it is usually just on. Then I really have to bite into the match. Now I was 5-0 and that made me nervous, because then you should not lose anymore."
Although 'The Dutch Destroyer' lost the sixth and seventh leg in Milton Keynes, a serious comeback from Gurney - the number seven on the PDC Order of Merit - failed to materialize. Van der Voort walked to 10-2 and closed the game 10-5.
According to Van der Voort, 44, who was surprisingly too strong for Dave Chisnall in the first round, the tournament format is in his favor. "If I have to play one game in a day, I can win from everyone. Those days last on the ProTour and my body struggles with that. Now I still feel fine."
Vincent van der Voort dealt surprisingly easily with Daryl Gurney. (Photo: PDC / Lawrence Lustig)
"Many people have underestimated me in the past"
Due to the elimination of Jermaine Wattimena, Jeffrey de Zwaan (both first round), Michael van Gerwen and Danny Noppert (second round), Van der Voort is the only remaining Dutchman in the tournament. He does not want to think too much about a possible victory yet, but does not consider himself to have no chance.
"Especially in the first four or five legs against Gurney, I played great and showed what I can do when I am fit and in shape," said Van der Voort at Online Darts TV .
"So many people have underestimated me in the past and regretted it afterwards. Daryl is probably one of them now. I might be able to win the tournament, but only if I show the same as in the previous games."
Van der Voort will compete in the quarterfinals against Glen Durrant on Friday, who settled on Wednesday with world champion Peter Wright. The World Matchplay, which was won by Rob Cross last year, lasts through Sunday.