For Gerwyn Price, the Darts World Cup 2023 ended surprisingly early with the quarter-final defeat against Gabriel Clemens. After the match, the world number one threatened a boycott on social media.
Gerwyn Price got off to a strong start in the first set, but in the end the Welshman lost 5-1 to Gabriel Clemens in the quarter-finals of the Darts World Championship. During the game, the “Iceman” surprised when he came on stage with huge headphones after the fourth movement.
Although Price did not play through to the end with this hearing protection, the 2021 world champion in Alexandra Palace still caused a stir.
After the end of the Darts World Cup, the 37-year-old gave free rein to his frustration on social media. “I’m not sure I’ll ever play in a World Cup again,” Price wrote on his Instagram story. He was completely devastated.
Whether Price really means his threat seriously, or whether he was simply depressed because of the painful defeat, is an open question.
Darts World Cup: Price falls from the top of the world rankings
The fact is: The Darts World Cup 2023 is a disappointment for Price. After all, the former rugby player loses his position at the top of the world rankings after dropping out in the quarter-finals. Background: Two years ago, Price had won the Darts World Cup. The prize money of 500,000 pounds will be taken out of the PDC Order of Merit after the current tournament.
For Clemens, however, the journey at the Darts World Cup 2023 continues. In the semifinals, the 39-year-old meets last year’s finalist Michael Smith. The “Bully Boy” won his quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon 5-3 against Stephen Bunting.
A win against Smith would see Clemens not only advance to the World Cup final, but also into the top 16 in the world rankings. The Saarlander started the darts world championship as 25th.