Austrian Darts Open news: Callan Rydz and Michael van Gerwen head into final day on top form

After two days of dramatic darting action in Austria, Sunday's matches will decide the winner, and both Callan Rydz and Michael van Gerwen are looking strong contenders for the title.

We're fast approaching the final session of the 2022 Austrian Darts Open in Graz, and Michael van Gerwen is still looking to defend his title.

The three-time tournament winner started his defence on the main Premstattner Halle stage, and was unable to relax as Cameron Menzies piled on the early pressure.

But the 33-year-old quickly rose to the occasion and defied a 170 checkout from his opponent to eventually win 6-3.

Next up for the Dutchman is a familiar opponent in the shape of James Wade, who was the latest winner of a Premier League night in Dublin last week.

Wade fought his way to the Sunday matches by seeing off Brett Claydon 6-3 on Saturday.

However, Van Gerwen's biggest challenger for the title could be Callan Rydz, who has built on his superb World Championship showing and is looking mightily impressive in Austria.

'The Riot' reached the quarter-finals of the World Championships back in December, and he'll be wanting to reach the final rounds of the Austrian Darts Open after knocking out world No.1 Peter Wright on Saturday.

The 23-year-old initially trailed 3-2 to Wright, but reeled off four successive legs to reach Sunday's running, where he'll face Stephen Bunting in the last 16.

If the Austrian crowd is to celebrate a home star, then their hopes are lying with Zoran Lerchbacher, who stormed past Ryan Searle with a 6-3 victory on Saturday.

Lerchbacher will now face Dirk van Duijvenbode on Sunday for a spot in the last eight.

Sunday's schedule

Afternoon Session (12:00 BST)

Third Round

Danny Noppert v Jonny Clayton

Joe Cullen v Krzysztof Ratajski

Danny Jansen v Ricky Evans

Madars Razma v Nathan Aspinall

Zoran Lerchbacher v Dirk van Duijvenbode

Michael van Gerwen v James Wade

Gabriel Clemens v Rob Cross

Callan Rydz v Stephen Bunting

Evening Session (20:00 BST)


Noppert/Clayton v Cullen/Ratajski

Jansen/Evans v Razma/Aspinall

Lerchbacher/Van Duijvenbode v Van Gerwen/Wade

Clemens/Cross v Rydz/Bunting

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