Fired-up James Wade battles past Asada as Joyce stuns Whitlock at the World Championship

A relieved Wade celebrates (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

A fired-up James Wade survived a scare to edge out Seigo Asada in a tie break set for a place in the Last 32 of the World Championship on Wednesday, as Ryan Joyce continued his dream debut with a straight sets scalp of Simon Whitlock.

Wade, the reigning European and World Series Finals Champion, recovered from 1-0 and 2-1 down to deny Japan's number one and did not hold back in his celebrations on the oche.

The three-time World Championship semi-finalist was seen to celebrate directly in his opponent's face after claiming the second set and went on to release a further outpouring of emotion at the end of the contest.

"I did it for my son and my country," Wade explained to Sky Sports. "I dug in deep there, it's a magnificent feeling, I could have easily lost that. 

"I didn't think he had that game in him, I really didn't.

"I've lost so many games that I shouldn't have. I kept giving it to him, I wanted to hurt him because I wanted to progress."

Asada took the first set with a blistering 106 average and finished 104 to lead in set two but missed one set dart in the deciding leg, allowing Wade off the hook on double five to level.

The third set also went the distance, and it was Asada who held firm to edge it 3-2 and regain the upper-hand.

Wade then took out 92 on the way to claiming the fourth set by three legs to one to force a decider before taking out 78 and 71 to lead 2-1.

Asada replied with a timely 180 to force overtime, but it was 'The Machine' who secured back-to-back legs to get over the line and reach Round Three.

Joyce continued his dream debut at Ally Pally by recording a straight sets victory over an out of sorts Whitlock.

Tyneside thrower Joyce, who defeated Anastasia Dobromyslova 3-0 in Round One, punished 18 missed darts at doubles from the two-time world finalist to seal a major upset.

Joyce landed five 180s and a high checkout of 109 as he won nine of the 13 legs to set up a meeting with either Alan Norris or Steve Lennon.

"I think this is the biggest win of my career," said Joyce, a semi-finalist on the ProTour in 2018.

"I realise I caught Simon on a bad day but I'm pleased that I played to my strength and hit the doubles.

"I was always expecting Simon to click in, play world class darts and come back but when that didn't happen I sensed my opportunity and I'm glad I took it."

Kim Huybrechts stormed through to the Third Round with an emphatic whitewash win over Daniel Larsson.

Huybrechts averaged over 103 as he romped to victory without dropping a leg against Sweden's Larsson, who had defeated Robert Thornton in Round One.

"I'm really happy with how I played," said Huybrechts, who dedicated the victory to his late mother.

"It's been really hard for me over the last couple of years to come to terms with losing the most important person in my life but my mum will always be my inspiration.

"I've put it some hard work both physically and mentally and I know I will be back better than ever."

A resurgent Brendan Dolan produced a stunning 170 checkout in a dominant display as he brushed aside Joe Cullen in straight sets.

A day to forget for Cullen saw him squander 16 darts at doubles and Dolan took full advantage to set up a Last 32 show-down with either Mervyn King or Jan Dekker.

"Joe didn't perform and I was able to take advantage of that," admitted Dolan.

"I kept him down and he didn't get a leg on the board until the third set which must be soul destroying for a player. 

"Thinks haven't gone to plan for me during the year but I'm in the third round now and the past can be wiped off. There's more to come from me and I'll show it in the next round."

World number ten Michael Smith safely progressed to Round Three courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Ron Meulenkamp.

Smith took out 112 in the opening leg and went on to edge the first set in a decider before doubling his lead with the aid of a sensational 132 checkout in set two.

Meulenkamp, who came from two sets down to defeat Diogo Portela 3-2 in Round One, took the third set to halve the deficit, but Smith moved to the hill by taking out 81 on the bull in a leg which featured four 180s for only the third time in World Championship history.

Smith went on to wrap up the tie in the following leg and admitted: "I went up there and I was really nervous for some reason.

"I let Ron do what he wanted instead of trying to bully him into doing what I wanted, I wanted to speed him up.

"I think the third leg of the last set changed everything when I checked the 81 and I think he knew he couldn't miss again."

Republic of Ireland's William O'Connor also reached the Last 32 after edging out James Wilson in a five-set epic. 

After landing ten 180s and four ton-plus finishes between them, it was O'Connor who came out on top by averaging 116 in the deciding set.

PDC Asian Tour star Noel Malicdem moved into the Second Round with a hard fought victory against Jeffrey De Graaf - who saw his hopes of retaining a Tour Card severely dented. 

Malicdem, who won two events on the Asian Tour - hitting a nine-darter in the first final - hit crucial finishes of 96 and 91 as he came from 2-1 down to progress. 

Former World Youth finalist Nathan Aspinall enjoyed a comfortable victory against fellow World Championship debutant Geert Nentjes.

Aspinall, who won a Players Championship event in September, defeated the 20-year-old Dutchman in straight sets to seal a date with Gerwyn Price in Round Two.

World Darts Championship 2018/19 Results


Wednesday December 19

Afternoon Session 
Nathan Aspinall 3-0 Geert Nentjes (R1)
Jeffrey de Graaf 2-3 Noel Malicdem (R1)
Joe Cullen 0-3 Brendan Dolan (R2)
Kim Huybrechts 3-0 Daniel Larsson (R2)
 
Evening Session
James Wilson 2-3 William O’Connor (R2)
Simon Whitlock 0-3 Ryan Joyce (R2)
Michael Smith 3-1 Ron Meulenkamp (R2)
James Wade 3-2 Seigo Asada (R2)



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Fired-up James Wade battles past Asada as Joyce stuns Whitlock at the World Championship

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