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The teenager is already a fan favorite. © ANSA / TOLGA AKMEN

Darts sensation continues: Littler in the World Cup final at 16

Luke Littler makes it to the final at the World Cup in London. The 16-year-old is delighting the darts world and could be crowned world champion on Wednesday.

Darts teenager Luke Littler became the youngest player in history to reach the World Cup final and is on the verge of becoming a sports sensation. The 16-year-old Englishman clearly won his semi-final against compatriot Rob Cross 6-2 on Tuesday evening and can hope for a coronation and a winner's check of 21.00 pounds (almost 500 euros) on Wednesday (000 p.m.). The opponent in the final is either Luke Humphries or Scott Williams, who will play their duel at Alexandra Palace immediately afterwards.

"I have no words. It’s just crazy that I’m in the final of my first World Cup,” Littler said on Sky Sports. In contrast to his previous confident victories, he had to accept real resistance for the first time at the tournament in London - at least a little. By the quarterfinals he had only lost four sets in five games.

Rob Cross lost out in the semi-finals. © ANSA / TOLGA AKMEN

Cross, who won the title in 2018 in the final against legend Phil Taylor, played well, but another comeback like in the quarter-finals (5:4 after 0:4 against Chris Dobey) was far away this time. Cross was already the second world champion after Raymond van Barneveld (Netherlands), who was defeated by the young Englishman at this tournament.

Success beyond the World Cup

After another fantastic performance – including 16 shots with 180 points – additional doors are opening for World Championship debutant Littler at the PDC world association. The youngster nicknamed “The Nuke” moves into the top 32 of the rankings. He is now also a candidate for the important Premier League, whose eight starters are to be announced this Thursday.

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