For gabriel clemens and max hopp it was a short night in the city of mozart.
Until late in the evening the german darts duo was still active at the team world championship in salzburg, very early the next morning they will go back to the island to play an important qualification match.
"By car, by train and by plane. Somehow to england," said 24-year-old hesse hopp, describing the stresses and strains of the darts calendar, which is also tightly packed because of corona.
The saarlander and the hesse can look back on their three days in salzburg with great satisfaction. They were the first german team in the history of the event to reach the world championship semifinals, and on the way they also defeated the netherlands around prime michael van gerwen. "The netherlands match was definitely a real highlight. We can be satisfied with our tournament. Tomorrow, when we’re on our way to england, we’re already thinking back positively," said clemens, after the first disappointment after the semifinal loss to wales had been dealt with.
The top favorite, gerwyn price, was a size too big in the 2-0 win in the semifinals. "In the end, wales deserved to win," summarized clemens, who lost his singles match against "the iceman" price 2:4. Hopp also failed to take his chances against welsh number two jonny clayton. He also lost with 2:4, a decisive double in case of a tie became superfluous.
For the final phase of the season, which ends in december with the world championship, clemens (ranked 32nd in the world) is taking.) and hopp (34.) in addition to around 27.000 euros in prize money also a lot of self-confidence with. Hopp said enthusiastically, "the euphoria is raw. We are already getting a lot of support. You can tell the germans are on the march. Some players have made. You can tell we are getting stronger."No german professional has yet reached the eighth finals of the world cup. Where the tournament will be held this year and when it will start is still open at the moment because of the corona crisis.