European Championship Darts: Phil Taylor shocked by Ronny Huybrechts
Phil Taylor suffered a shock 10-5 defeat to Belgian Ronny Huybrechts in the second round of the European Championship.
Last Updated: 07/07/13 2:40pm
World champion and four-time European champion Taylor took the opening leg but he was then punished for a string of misses as Huybrechts won five successive legs.
The Englishman quickly reduced the deficit to 5-4, but the Belgian turned the game back in his own favour with a pair of 14-dart finishes and a 96 checkout to lead 8-4.
Taylor hit a 174 score and tops to win a fifth leg, but crucially missed three darts at double 14 to continue his fightback as Huybrechts landed double 10 to lead 9-5 before taking out 104 on double 16 for a famous victory.
"It's the best win I've ever had," said Huybrechts. "Whenever you come into darts, it's Phil who you dream of beating and my dream came true today.
"I didn't play my best ever game, but I had to keep believing and when he missed his doubles, I hit the ones that mattered. I was so nervous at the end but I wanted to take that chance on 104 and I did.
"I'll relax now and prepare for the quarter-finals because it's a new day tomorrow."
Huybrechts will now play Robert Thornton in the last eight, after the Scot also caused an upset with a thrilling 10-9 win over Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld.
World No 2 Michael van Gerwen averaged almost 105 in a superb 10-3 win over Mervyn King and he will now play fellow Dutchman Jelle Klaasen in the quarter-finals on Sunday, after the former Lakeside champion impressed with four ton-plus finishes and a 103.76 average in a 10-6 defeat of Justin Pipe.
Reigning champion Simon Whitlock moved into the last eight by defeating Colin Lloyd 10-6 and the Australian now meets Jamie Caven in the quarter-finals after the Derby ace swept past world No 4 James Wade 10-2.
Adrian Lewis will take on Andy Hamilton in the other quarter-final after the Stoke pair also progressed with wins over Kevin Painter and Paul Nicholson respectively.