Thursday the play-offs of the Tipsport Czech Premier League took place. Since the start of April 10 top players from the Czech Republic competed with each other in this PDC Premier League like online event. Karel Sedlacek wasn’t able to play, because as a PDC tour card holder he isn’t allowed to play on streamed matches outside the PDC events. Like published earlier Pavel Jirkal and David Rosi were eliminated after nine rounds with respectively two and one points.
The remaining eight players competed for a spot in the play-offs. Before the last round of league matches Adam Gawlas, Vitezslav Sedlak and Alexander Masek has guaranteed their spot in the play-offs, while David Pisek, Ondrej Kysilka, who made it to the quarter finals of the PDC Q-School 2020 on one of the four days, and Michal Ondo weren’t able to reach the top four anymore. Daniel Barborak and Michal Smejda were the two players fighting for the last play-off spot. Barborak claimed it by beating Ondrej Kysilka last Wednesday.
The first semi final went between group winner Adam Gawlas, who gained 12 points out of 16 matches, met Alexander Masek, who due to his 7-4 defeat against Gawlas on Wednesday ended fourth with 10 points on leg difference. Masek got his revanche on the night that it really mattered by beating the runner-up of the PDC World Championship youth 2019 10-8.
Vitezslav Sedlak, who started the play-offs with a streak of five consecutive wins, played Daniel Barborak, who had been top of the league from round 4 until round 11 thanks to a streak of six consecutive wins halfway the competition, in the other semi final. Sedlak, averaging 86, won convincingly 10-4 against Barborak.
Therefore Alexander Masek and Vitezslav Sedlak met each other in the final. Both Alexander Masek and Vitezslav Sedlak had, as many other Czech players, competed at PDC Q-School in January. The best result of Masek was reaching the last 64 on day 1 before losing 5-3 against Kay Smeets from the Netherlands, who went on to reach the quarter finals. Sedlak also reached the last 64 once. He did so on day 4 before losing 5-3 against Richard Veenstra. In the league phase Masek had won both the encounters between the two of them. Masek did so with respectively 6-4 and 7-6. Thus he might have some confidence going into the final, however Sedlak, who had won his last six matches before going into the final would have been confident as well. Sedlak did, average wise, a little bit better than in the semi finals averaging 87 in the final, which was enough to beat Masek 10-7 in the final and become the first winner of the Czech Premier League.
Tipsport Czech Premier League
Final standings group stage
1. Adam Gawlas 12(94-58)
2. Vitezslav Sedlak 11(93-70)
3. Daniel Barborak 10(81-67)
4. Alexander Masek 10(83-79)
5. David Pisek 8(83-72)
6. Michal Smejda 8(74-74)
7. Ondrej Kysilka 7(72-88)
8. Michal Ondo 5(65-94)
9. Pavel Jirkal 2(37-46)*
10. David Rosi 1(19-53)*
*: Jirkal and Rosi were eliminated after nine out of sixteen matches.
Aleksander Masek – Adam Gawlas 10-8
Vitezslav Sedlak – Daniel Barborak 10-4
Vitezslav Sedlak – Aleksander Masek 10-6
Photo: the Wikipedia-page of Vitezslav Sedlak