With a 3-1 victory over Ryan Murray of Scotland, Michael Van Gerwen opened his William Hill PDC World Championship campaign, but Deta Hedman saw her hopes end with a first round loss at Alexandra Palace. World number one Van Gerwen, last year’s runner-up to Peter Wright, was looking to build on his sixth title in the Players Championship Finals.
The Dutchman took the first set with three 15-dart legs, but Murray responded with a brilliant 130 checkout in the second set on his way to even, beating Lourence Ilagan to reach the second round. VAN GERWEN WINSWHAT A GAME THAT WAS! Ryan Murray played wonderfully to test Michael van Gerwen, but there’s an incredible 108 in the No. 1 world. 98 average to reach the third round – the best of the tournament so far. Pic.twitter.com/lsbxeXdbLB- PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 19, 2020 In the third round, Van Gerwen stepped up, winning 3-1 with an average of 113.3. Murray picked up a superb 124 checkout with a bullseye and then reached double top to get back to 2-2 and had the throw for the set, trying to keep up with the world number one. It was just a delay of the inevitable, however, as van Gerwen made it clear with a 76 checkout after Murray missed a double 10 finish to secure his place in the third round. Andy Boulton (left) finished the hopes of Deta Hedman at Alexandra Palace (Steven Paston/PA) Hedman was previously defeated 3-1 by Andy Boulton, who will now fight Stephen Bunting for a place in the third round. The Heart of Darts was looking to follow in the footsteps of Fallon Sherrock, who made history in the 2019 World Championship by beating two men. In the first leg, the 61-year-old reached a maximum, but then struggled to hit double, while Boulton comfortably took the first two sets. Hedman fought back to take the third set, but before securing victory with an 11-dart finish, Boulton broke her throw again in the fourth. In the afternoon session, Mervyn King defeated German Max Hopp 3-1 to reserve his place in the third round against Grand Slam champion Jose De Sousa. King, runner-up at the Players Championship last month, reached five maximums and scored nearly 100 in his comfortable victory “I’m not far from playing my best game and if I can do that then there’s no reason why I can’t have a good run in this tournament,” he said to www.pdc.tv.WAITES WINSABSOLUTELY Amazing FROM SCOTT WAITES!!! We see every leg played, what a game that was, and Scott Waites takes it from Campbell with a break in the final leg. Amazing game from both pic.twitter.com/kmIKZdh2mt- PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 19, 2020 Two-time BDO World Champion Scott Waites defeated Matt Campbell 3-2 in the first round after trailing by two legs to take the decisive set and set up a showdown with Nathan Aspinall. Kim Huybrechts of Belgium averaged 104.05 and hit five 180s as he beat Di Zhuang of China 3-0 to book a place against Ian White in the second round. Steve Lennon of Ireland opened the action on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Daniel Larsson of Sweden. In the other first round matches of the evening session, Nico Kurz of Germany defeated Andy Hamilton 3-1 and Danny Baggish of America battled his way to a 3-2 win over Damon Heta of Australia.