Jelle Klaasen ends Mervyn King’s William Hill PDC World Championship challenge
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Bradwell's Mervyn King bowed out of the William Hill PDC World Championship at the second round stage yesterday.
Dutchman Jelle Klaasen took out a brilliant 170 finish on the way to a 4-2 triumph over the Norfolk hopeful and will now face Phil Taylor today for a place in the last eight.
'I feel good and if I can play my own game and hit my doubles then I think I have a good chance against Phil,' said Klaasen.
'I was lucky at times in this match but I got there in the end.'
The match was keenly contested, with the first four legs being shared, King taking out 122 on the bull to level.
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Klaasen then landed double 18, double six and double four to rattle off three quick-fire legs to move 3-2 ahead.
King won the first leg of the sixth set on double four but Klaasen levelled with the aid of his fifth 180 before his sixth maximum helped him edge ahead. The Dutchman missed five match darts in the next leg as King kept his hopes alive but they were dashed when Klaasen took out 56 to complete victory.
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Michael Smith produced a brilliant performance to reach the quarter-finals for the first time while James Wade also cruised through. Smith hit 12 180s in just 16 legs as he saw off Holland's Benito van de Pas in straight sets. Wade progressed after a comfortable 4-1 victory against Jamie Caven.
Defending champion Gary Anderson was in imperious form as he beat Dutchman Vincent van der Voort 4-0 for the loss of just one leg while two-times former champion Adrian Lewis saw off Mensur Suljovic by the same scoreline.
In the last match of the day Raymond van Barneveld beat fellow Dutchman and world number one Michael van Gerwen 4-3 in a classic encounter.