Danny Noppert (10/1 to win World Grand Prix) continued his impressive form at the World Grand Prix on Wednesday night, as he booked his place in the quarter finals with a 3-0 whitewash of Vincent van der Voort.
Confidence would already have been high for Noppert heading into the contest, as he produced a shock in seeing off five-time champion Michael van Gerwen in round one, but the Dutchman was arguably in even better form as he disposed of compatriot Van der Voort at the Morningside Arena in Leicester.
Noppert produced a clinical finishing display, boasting a checkout ratio almost double that of Van der Voort, and the 30-year-old is certainly happy with where his game is at heading into his quarter-final clash with Englishman Ian White on Thursday (Noppert 4/6, White 6/5 – Match Betting).
“I’m really happy with this performance,” said Noppert. “In the beginning I was a little bit nervous, but I got myself back and I played brilliant I think.
“I’ve won against two players who I watched when I was a kid, so I’m really happy. It was a tough game, and I didn’t expect it would be 3-0, but I took my chances.
“Ian White is a good player and I’m looking forward to every match. I’m enjoying it here and I’m confident.”
White booked his place in the last eight after coming from two sets down to beat Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas 3-2 – a result made all the more impressive as the 51-year-old lost the opening six legs of the contest.
Premier League champion Jonny Clayton also came from behind to make it through to the quarter finals, as he responded from dropping the first set against seventh seed Jose de Sousa to prevail 3-1.
Clayton will take on Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski in the last eight, as he defeated 2018 world champion Rob Cross 3-1 (Ratajski 6/4, Clayton 8/15 – Match Betting).
All four quarter finals will be contested on Thursday, with arguably the tie of the night seeing world number one and defending champion Gerwyn Price come up against Dave Chisnall in a repeat of last year’s semi-final (Price 1/3, Chisnall 23/10 – Match Betting).
The final match of the night will see Stephen Bunting, who got the better of James Wade in round two, take on Ryan Searle in an all-English contest (Bunting 6/5, Searle 4/6 – Match Betting).