Disillusionment rather than surprise: For the undecided Hempel, the Darts World Cup ends abruptly

Disillusionment rather than surprise: For the undecided Hempel, the Darts World Cup ends abruptly

disillusioned rather than surprised
The Darts World Cup came to an abrupt end for the bewildered Hempel

He defeated world-class player Dmitry van den Berg by an utter surprise, but then retired against an outsider: the Darts World Cup is over for Florian Hempel. His amazing debut and full year speaks volumes for the 31-year-old.

Florian Hempel’s amazing World Cup debut came to an abrupt end after a short Christmas break. The German darts professional lost 4–1 to Australian Raymond Smith in London and was eliminated within a week of an unexpected victory against world-class Belgian Dimitri van den Bergh in the third round. Hempel was the favorite in the duel after a win over compatriot Martin Schindler and co-favorite van den Berg, but was inferior to Smith from the start and thus missed the second German to reach the round of 16 at the World Cup after Gabriel Clemens. .

Hempel – the former handball goalkeeper in the second division – this time looked nervous, flawed and had significantly fewer triple hits than in his previous two appearances, which he made surprisingly strong. He quickly waved his hand dissatisfied, the first two sentences relatively quickly going to Smith, who had not achieved any major success with the PDC World Federation prior to the World Championships at Alexandra Palace. Even after that, Hempel missed many chances and had to give up on hard-working legs time and time again.

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The 31-year-old from Cologne missed his chance to become the first German to win three games at a World Cup – Clemens did not succeed this past year as he started with a bye. Hempel could still leave the British capital satisfied. In its first year it earned £49,000 and gained attention with many successes. He defeated former world champion Peter Wright of Scotland at the European Championships in October, before two victories on the world’s biggest darts stage. He called the 3–1 victory against van den Berg “the biggest win of my career”.

While Smith had to deal with Steve Lennon (Ire), the winner of the game against Mervyn King (England) in the round of 16 (from 29 December), Hempel also missed an assist to his compatriot Max Hope. It could now lose the so-called Tour card if Aussie Smith wins another game and displaces him from the required 64th place in the world rankings. The Tour Card entitles players to participate in important PDC tournaments.

Prior to Smith, Dirk van Dujvenbod of the Netherlands and former English World Cup finalist Michael Smith had already bought tickets for the Round of 16. James Wade received a bye in the third round as his rival Vincent van der Voort of the Netherlands tested positive for the coronavirus.

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