Corey Cadby has withdrawn from the 2018 bwin Grand Slam of Darts, which opens up a potential qualification route for Polish star Krzysztof Ratajski.
Cadby had sealed his qualification to the Grand Slam by virtue of reaching the final of March’s UK Open Finals, where he was beaten by Gary Anderson.
The former World Youth champion featured in last year’s Grand Slam in Wolverhampton but exited the tournament in the group-stage. He suffered defeat against Alan Norris and Peter Wright, but victory over BDO world champion Glen Durrant came too late for ‘The King’.
Cadby’s last appearance in a PDC event came back in August, where he competed on home soil in the Brisbane Darts Masters. He defeated his compatriot Simon Whitlock to reach the quarter-finals, before losing out to eventual winner Rob Cross in the last eight.
Nevertheless, he’s been unable to compete in any PDC ranking events since March after experiencing visa problems in his homeland, therefore he’s been restricted to competing on the DPA circuit, where he’s already scooped seven titles this year.
Earlier this month, Cadby withdrew from the World Series of Darts Finals after breaking his left arm as a passenger in a car accident. However, he has since returned to competitive action and won a local event in Australia last week; registering two ton-plus averages en route, therefore the reason behind his absence has yet to be confirmed.
The Australian’s withdrawal means that former World Masters winner Krzysztof Ratajski moves into the provisional qualification places, after winning back-to-back Players Championship events at the start of October.
Players have a final chance to secure automatic qualification in this weekend’s bwin World Series of Darts Finals in Vienna. However, if both finalists from that event are already qualified for the Grand Slam, then Ratajski would be in line to make his Grand Slam debut.
There is also a last-chance qualifier for PDC Tour Card holders on November 5th, which gives eight players the opportunity to seal their spots at the unique cross-code event, which will be held at Aldersley Leisure Village this year.
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