Martin Schindler wins the HYLO® PDC Europe League 2021

Saarbruecken, 26.04.2021

After six top-class tournament days, including two group stages and the knockout rounds on Wednesday and Thursday, Martin Schindler is the winner of the HYLO PDC Europe Super League 2021. Thus, the 24-year-old has already secured an early ticket to the World Championship and will compete in the World Darts Championship 2022 for the third time in his career at the famous Alexandra Palace in London.

But on the way to the title, “The Wall” had to survive two absolute battles of nerves on the final day today. Already in the semi-final against Max Hopp, with whom Schindler already represented Germany three times at the World Cup of Darts, the deciding leg was needed to reach a decision. But at 9:9, the Strausberg player kept his nerve and defeated the former German number one by 10:9.

The next big challenge for Schindler was Florian Hempel in the final, as Hempel has been one of seven German Tour Card holders since February 2021. This Cologne resident had defeated Dragutin Horvat 10:7 in the semi-finals after “Hercules” had knocked out defending champion and two-time Super League champion, Nico Kurz, in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

In the final, both players were unable to find their scoring, as was often the case during the tournament, but here, too, an absolute thriller was to develop. At 6:6 Schindler took three successive legs and should have taken a 10:6 lead. But the 2019 Super League finalist missed five darts on doubles and Hempel levelled at 10:10. 

After the Dessau native missed two match darts in the decider, Schindler was finally on the spot with his fifth dart to win the match, securing the title and participation in the World Championship. 

“I simply can’t put it into words and at times I didn’t expect to win the game. But in the end nobody cares about that anymore and I’m overjoyed,” said the champion shortly after his victory.

“It’s a big relief to know that I will definitely be at the upcoming World Championships. This will give me a little more peace of mind in the upcoming tournaments to get good results.” stated Schindler.

Thus the German Elite League comes to an end after six sometimes spectacular days that produced some surprises.


This article was submitted by: PDC