Michael van Gerwen through as Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall crash out of World Grand Prix
Last Updated: 07/10/15 10:32am
Michael van Gerwen came back from a set down to qualify for the World Grand Prix Darts quarter-finals, but Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall were two big names to exit the tournament on Tuesday night.
World No 1 Van Gerwen, reigning champion of the PDC Tour event in Dublin, got off to a slow start against Kim 'The Hurricane' Huybrechts, missing many of the crucial opening-leg doubles required in this format of the game.
Huybrechts punished his Dutch opponent, taking the first set with ease, but the momentum soon shifted in favour of Van Gerwen as the Belgian missed four darts to break throw in the opening leg of the second set.
That was the catalyst for the 'Green Machine' to find form and soon Van Gerwen was hitting maximums and high checkouts with his usual veracity - including an impressive 160 finish - to win five legs on the trot and race into the quarter-finals with a 3-1 margin.
Chisnall out as Cobra strikes
Jelle Klaasen hit three ton-plus finishes on his way to dismantling Chisnall in the second match of the night, the Englishman becoming another big name to exit the tournament as he was beaten 3-2 by the in-form Dutchman.
Klaasen, nicknamed 'The Cobra', came from a set down to lead before Chisnall forced a tense decider with a 71 checkout to take the fourth set.
The 2006 BDO world champion then held his throw to edge ahead and broke Chisnall to win the match and advance to the last eight.
Two-time world champion Lewis was another seed to fall on Tuesday night. Lewis, who had complained of sickness, was comprehensively beaten by Mark Webster in straight sets 3-0.
Lewis looked uncomfortable on the oche, taking seven darts to hit his starting double and not having an opportunity for finish until the second set. Welshman Webster will go on to play Klaasen in the quarter-finals.
Earlier another Welshman, Jamie Lewis, continued a dream run as he came from behind to beat Michael Smith 3-2 in another thriller.
Lewis, who threw a perfect nine-dart leg in a floor event on Sunday, was 2-0 down and heading out of the event only to turn the match on its head and secure a clash against Van Gerwen.
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