Dimitri Van den Bergh sends daughter to sleep winning quarter-final thriller
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Dimitri Van den Bergh lived up to his 'Dream Maker' moniker – by sending his baby daughter Oonah to sleep with his biggest win.
Van den Bergh's 5-3 win against Jonny Clayton, seasoned with 13 maximum 180s, in the PDC World Championship quarter-finals was riveting from start to finish. But 13-month-old Oonah, enjoying a siesta in mum Evi's arms among the crowd, was less engrossed – not that the first Belgian to reach the semi-finals at Ally Pally minded.
Van den Bergh grabbed Sky Sports interviewer Michael Bridge's microphone and launched into a prolonged speech to the crowd before coming down from cloud nine, saying: “If my daughter was asleep, I'm very happy for her.
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“Whenever I went to concerts or places where it was quite loud, I never managed to nod off, so you've got to say well done to my little girl.
“She doesn't have to look at me or cheer for me because my missus always does that. But when I see that little face, it means the world and you feel a whole lot of weight lifting from your shoulders.
“Evi and I are planning to get married in July, so the year 2023 has started really well for me. Jonny had chances to kick my butt, but I am one step closer to making my dreams come true.”
Van den Bergh has stood up to the pressure of performing on the biggest stage better than Belgium's footballers, who choked at the World Cup before Christmas.
But he remains supportive of Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and the perennial under-achievers of world football, adding: “If any of them want to come and support me in the semi-finals or final, please contact my manager.
“I would be more than honoured if any of the Red Devils were here backing me. All of them are welcome.”
Clayton, 48, had been wearing “silly socks” as lucky charms during the tournament, but just when things were looking up for the Pontyberem plasterer, he ran out of luck.
He said: “I couldn't get going. I am chuffed to get this far and but it wasn't my day.”
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