At the weekend Mensur won his first PDC television as he was crowned the Unibet Champions League of Darts champion. After a month off at home with his family following the birth of his second child Ema, Mensur returned to action in Cardiff for the Champions League of Darts. Mensur was drawn in Group B, along with Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall. With the tournament starting on Saturday afternoon Mensur would first play Gary Anderson. Magic Mensur produced a stunning display of darts, beating the world number two by ten legs to three. This result blew Group B wide open, as bookies had favoured Anderson and Wright to get out of the group. Going into the evening session, Mensur was full of confidence, as he would now face the world number three, Peter Wright. In a closely fought battle, Mensur would be the first player in either group to book a semi-final spot, as he made it two wins from two with a 10-8 win over snakebite. Moving into Sunday afternoon, Mensur would play Dave Chisnall in his final game in Group B, in the knowledge that he would already be back on the stage in the evening for semifinal clash. Mensur guaranteed himself top spot as he beat Chizzy 10-5, making himself the only player to win all their group games.
In the first semifinal of the night, Mensur would face the five times champion of the world Raymond van Barneveld. Mensur came out of the block strong getting the better of Barney in the early exchanges. With Mensur on the verge of victory RvB through the kitchen sink at Mensur trying to get back into the game. Barney pulled a leg back after Mensur wired tops for a 157 finish, but van Barneveld made it 10-9 with the Cardiff crowd on their feet. The noise level would blow the roof of the Motorpoint Arena, as after RvB had hit a 180 followed by 150 to leave 32 after just nine darts. With the pressure cranked right up Mensur cooly stepped up and took out the roof-raising 160 finish, booking his place in his first TV final. In the final Mensur would again take on Gary Anderson, who he beat in the group stages. The final was a tense affair, with like in the semifinal Mensur got in front only to be pulled back by Anderson. With the scores all tied at 9, all the final became a best of 3 shootout. It was Mensur would break throw and seal his first maiden PDC televised title, as he won 11-9 and a sea of emotion would overspill on the stage.
“I feel perfect,” said Suljovic. “I never thought I could win this tournament.
“Gary is a brilliant player, a gentleman and I’ve got so much respect for him but I played well, and I never gave up. I played well and was focused on my game, but I never thought I could beat Gary twice.
“I couldn’t dream of being in the semi-finals, but I gave it my best and fought so hard. I was so happy to get to the final against the best players in the world.”
All of us here would like to congratulate Mensur on a fantastic achievement this weekend.