Gary Anderson was in a celebratory mood on Sunday evening as he was crowned the 2018 Coral UK Open champion. Following the early exits of Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright in round three, Anderson emerged as the favourite to win the title for the first time in his illustrious career.
Anderson responded to that pressure in a very professional manner as he improved round-by-round. His greatest performance came in his victory over Jermaine Wattimena in the last 16 as he averaging almost 105 in a 10-6 victory. Then, earlier on this afternoon, Anderson saw off the newly crowned World champion Rob Cross 10-5 in a game that was very even in the early stages, but Anderson’s determination and patience proved the be a key factor as he broke clear.
In the Semi-Finals, Anderson came up against Shropshire’s David Pallett. Anderson to his own admission wasn’t at the top of his form, but he took his chances well as he went on to win 11-7. All the talk on Sunday was about the 22-year old Australian Corey Cadby who was in some fantastic form over the course of the weekend. Anderson would face Cadby in the grand finale on Sunday evening.
The Australian got off to a perfect start in the final as he opened up a 4-1 advantage whilst averaging just over 106 in the process. But, as you’d expect Anderson came battling back as he won four legs on-the-spin to move 5-4 clear. The young Aussie continued to battle back, but perseverance and determination seen Anderson through as he enjoyed an 11-7 victory to pick up the UK Open title for the first time.
But, Cadby has really produced darts of the highest quality over the course of the weekend, and of course in 2018. The final was Cadby’s third final in 2018 so far, and of course his first PDC major final. But, the way he went about his business this weekend was very professional. Cadby defeated the likes of Michael Rasztovits, Martin Schindler, Chris Dobey, Gerwyn Price & Robert Owen on his way to the final.
“It’s fantastic for me,” said Anderson. “I’ve come here to win the tournament and managed to do it, and it’s great.
“In the last three games I’ve been lucky – it’s been a struggle. Corey is good and I’ve got a lot of time for him, he’s a class act.
“I knew exactly what to expect and he’s going to be about for a long, long time. It’s getting harder every year with all the youngsters coming through and they’ll take it in their stride.”
David Pallett 10-5 Steve West
Robert Owen 10-3 John Part
Corey Cadby 10-6 Gerwyn Price
Gary Anderson 10-5 Rob Cross
Gary Anderson 11-7 David Pallett
Corey Cadby 11-3 Robert Owen
FINALGary Anderson 11-7 Corey Cadby
[Photo : Chris Dean / PDC]