Martin Schindler narrowly missed a huge upset at the World Darts Championships in London losing to last year’s finalist Michael Smith. Nicknamed ‘The Wall’, the 26-year-old squandered a 3-1 lead at Alexandra Palace late on Wednesday night and lost 3-4 in a thrilling encounter. “Bully Boy” Smith is one of the big favorites in the tournament and will now face compatriot Joe Cullen in the last 16. Early in the evening he clearly won 4: 0 over Australian Damon Hita.
In the biggest and most important match of his career so far, Schindler acted fiercely for a long time and had many great moments. On the way back to Great Britain on Boxing Day, baggage complications arose at London Airport again. “There was a problem. The staff went on strike. The suitcase was not unloaded. It was the first night again without a suitcase. Yesterday the suitcases arrived. Last time it was lucky.”Schindler reported Sports 1.
In “Ally Pally”, the second seeded German and best Englishman competed at a very high level. The fact that Smith managed to catch the “big fish” (check 170 points on three throws) early did not bother Schindler for a long time. This sat with more and more high scores and kept his nerve in the double fields. Schindler fears: “I will have to play all the time in order to catch up.” But then it was the German who determined the game for a long time. At 3-1, the upset was close, but Smith bounced back in world class style to win.
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