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Mensur Suljovic Sends James Wade Out of PDC World Champs

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WORLD number two James Wade was sensationally dumped from the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship by Mensur Suljovic on Tuesday night, as the Austrian took a 4-2 win in their second round contest.

Wade had entered the £1 million event as the second favourite, but was sent packing by the 38-year-old from Vienna, who was rated at 6/1 just to win the match.

Suljovic hit seven 180s and, after Wade edged the fourth set to level, he took the final two sets for a memorable triumph.

“It’s absolutely the best moment of my career,” said Suljovic, who had stayed in England with his wife and son over Christmas after knocking out Michael van Gerwen in round one.

“It feels like nothing I’ve ever experienced before and I am over the moon. I’m so happy that my wife and son are here to share this moment.”

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Suljovic will now play Wes Newton in the third round on Thursday night, after the world number 15 defeated Brendan Dolan in straight sets.

Dolan had knocked out Kevin Painter in the first round, but never recovered from missing five darts at doubles to win the opening set before Newton – aided by finishes of 135 and 136 – pulled through.

“I’ve never got past the last 32 before but I’ve drawn world-class players like Kevin Painter, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis, but I feel this could be my year.

“I’ve played really well all year and I’m happy and enjoying my darts. Everything’s going good and I’m looking forward to my next game.”

Meanwhile, Simon Whitlock powered into the last 16 with a straight sets win over Denis Ovens.

Australian star Whitlock, who reached the final on his debut at Alexandra Palace last year, averaged almost 103 in the second-best performance so far in the event to send a warning shot to his rivals.

He also took out finishes of 164 and 135 in checking out over 50 percent of his chances at a double, and dropped only two legs to Ovens as he set up a third round clash with Vincent van der Voort on Thursday.

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“I’m finding my form now,” said Whitlock. “I’ve put in a lot of hours since then, four to five hours every single day, and I’m preparing well for this World Championship because I want to win it badly.

“I think I’m a bit better than last year. Most of us are really nervous in the first round but I was a lot more calm tonight.”

The second round will conclude with the remaining four games on Tuesday, beginning with the ‘Derby derby’ between Colin Osborne and Jamie Caven.

Scotland’s Gary Anderson will play two-time World Champion Dennis Priestley and Mervyn King will play Andy Smith, before Raymond van Barneveld concludes the second round when he plays Kevin McDine.

Reigning champion Phil Taylor will face Peter Wright in one of the two third round games to begin on Wednesday night, with in-form Mark Webster playing fellow left-hander Mark Hylton in the other contest.

Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship
Second Round
Tuesday December 28
Afternoon Session
Mark Walsh 4-3 Alan Tabern
Wayne Jones 2-4 Vincent van der Voort
Terry Jenkins 4-1 Steve Brown

Evening Session
Wes Newton 4-0 Brendan Dolan
Simon Whitlock 4-0 Denis Ovens
James Wade 2-4 Mensur Suljovic

Wednesday December 29
Afternoon Session (1pm)
Colin Osborne v Jamie Caven
Gary Anderson v Dennis Priestley
Mervyn King v Andy Smith

Evening Session (7pm)
Raymond van Barneveld v Kevin McDine
Third Round
Mark Webster v Mark Hylton
Phil Taylor v Peter Wright

WES NEWTON 4-0 BRENDAN DOLAN
(3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-1)
WES NEWTON reached the last 16 of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship for the first time in with a straight-sets victory over Brendan Dolan at Alexandra Palace.

The first set proved to be the pivotal in the eventual outcome of the match, as Dolan missed five darts to take the lead before Newton hit a 135 finish.

The Fleetwood ace went on to take the next three sets and will now take on Mensur Suljovic in the third round on Thursday.

Dolan, who defeated former finalist Kevin Painter in the first round, hit a 180 in the opening leg of the match, which he won against the darts, and hit a 15-dart finish to double his lead.

Dolan missed three darts at doubles in the third leg, allowing Newton to step in with an 80 finish, and the Fleetwood man won the fourth leg with the aid of a maximum.

The deciding leg saw Dolan miss two further attempts at doubles to win the set and Newton made him pay with a fantastic 135 checkout, completed on the bullseye, to dramatically snatch the lead.

Newton, buoyed by that finish, hit a 180 in the process of the winning the first leg of the second set and then recorded a 13-darter to win the second.

Newton was on course to win the third leg but missed three darts at double 12 and Dolan stole the leg by hitting double 16.

But Newton, who defeated Darin Young in straight sets in his first round match, put together his second 13-darter of the set to establish a commanding 2-0 lead.

Newton hit double top to win the opening leg of the third set and repeated the trick in the second to break his opponent’s throw.

He then opened the third leg with a 180, but a 168 from Dolan left 40, and Newton was unable to land double 12 allowing the Northern Irish number one to return and hit double top to keep the set alive.

Dolan missed two darts at double top to win the fourth leg, but Newton was unable to capitalise with two more chances to win the set and his opponent accepted the reprieve to win the leg.

In the deciding leg, Newton put the mistakes of the previous two legs behind him as he hit double 16 at the first time of asking to increase the margin to three sets.

Newton took the early initiative in the fourth set by taking the first leg with a 136 checkout and the second with a 65 finish to move one leg away from the match.

Dolan hit a 62 finish to win the third leg but missed three darts to win the fourth and Newton promptly ended matters by hitting double four.

“Brendan came out firing but I thought I had to put a bit of pressure on him and I did that,” said Newton.

“He still should have won the first set, but gave me the shot at a 135 and lucky for me it went – but finishes like that change games.”

He added: “I’ve never got past the last 32 before but I’ve drawn world-class players like Kevin Painter, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis, but I feel this could be my year.

“I’ve played really well all year and I’m happy and enjoying my darts. Everything’s going good and I’m looking forward to my next game.”

SIMON WHITLOCK 4-0 DENIS OVENS
(3-1, 3-0, 3-1, 3-0)
SIMON WHITLOCK reduced Denis Ovens to just two legs in a crushing second round triumph at the 2011 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.

Whitlock produced the kind of display that saw him reach the final of last year’s competition and ended the match with a three-dart average of 102.86 – the second highest so far in the tournament.

The Australian also produced finishes of 164 and 135 in taking a straight sets win, and will now play Vincent van der Voort for a place in the last eight.

Ovens held throw to win the opening leg by hitting double eight before Whitlock hit the same double to win the second after missing the bullseye for an attempt at a 164 checkout.

The Australian then took out a 135 finish to win the third leg and landed double ten in the fourth to win the set and grab an early lead.

Whitlock hit the first 180 of the match in the opening leg of the second set and returned to the oche to hit an 84 finish, completed on the bullseye.

The bullseye came into the equation again in the second leg as the world number four hit two treble 19s followed by the bullseye, for a 164 checkout to take a 2-0 lead.

In the next leg Whitlock had a chance to better that with a 170 checkout, only to miss the bullseye before he returned to land double four for a two-set lead.

The early stages of the third set followed a similar pattern to the second as Whitlock hit a 13-dart finish to win the opening leg and double 16 gave him the second.

Ovens managed to hold his throw in the third leg to stop Whitlock’s run of eight consecutive legs, but the Australian soon returned to winning ways by taking the next leg with the aid of a maximum to secure the set.

Whitlock hit a 13-dart finish to open up the fourth set and improved on that in the second leg with a 12-darter, which included back-to-back maximums.

The third leg also went the way of the Australian as he hit double four to complete a superb performance.

“I’m finding my form now,” said Whitlock. “I’ve put in a lot of hours since then, four to five hours every single day, and I’m preparing well for this World Championship because I want to win it badly.

“I think I’m a bit better than last year. Most of us are really nervous in the first round but I was a lot more calm tonight.

“Vincent’s a class player and I know that it will be a tough match. I’ll just play my game and won’t worry about his fast throwing style.”

Whitlock entered the stage waving an inflatable kangaroo which was sporting an English flag – in reference to Australia’s under-fire cricket team who are heading for an Ashes defeat.

“I’m feeling for the boys in the cricket,” he added. “They’re going through a bit of a transition and England have the best team in the world at the moment, but we’ll fight back.”

MENSUR SULJOVIC 4-2 JAMES WADE
(1-3, 3-2, 3-2, 2-3, 3-1, 3-2)
MENSUR SULJOVIC created the biggest shock of the 2011 Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship to date by defeating world number two James Wade with an incredible 4-2 triumph.

Suljovic had led the match 2-1 and had chances to increase his lead to 3-1 before Wade levelled by punishing his misses in the fourth set.

But the Austrian won the next two sets to end Wade’s hopes of a maiden World Championship crown for another year, and will now face Wes Newton in the next round.

Wade won the opening leg with a 97 finish but missed three chances for a 2-0 lead, which allowed Suljovic to level by hitting double four with his third dart.

Wade held throw for a second time by landing double 12 at the first time of asking to win the third leg and then closed out the set in clinical fashion, with a two-dart 74 finish, to establish an early advantage.

Suljovic, who knocked out Michael van Gerwen in the first round, hit a 111 checkout to win the first leg of the second set and double nine gave him the second.

Wade hit back with a 12-dart finish to win the third leg and an accurate attempt at double five gave the world number two the fourth.

But Suljovic hit his first 180 of the contest in the deciding leg and returned to the oche to take out 97, completed by hitting double top with his last dart, to square the match at one apiece.

Wade missed three darts at double top to take the first leg of the third set and it nearly proved costly as Suljovic just missed an attempt at the bullseye to take out a 170 finish.

Wade, though, returned to hit double top before Suljovic won the second leg after the left-hander missed two darts at doubles for a 2-0 lead.

Both players traded 13-dart-finishes before Suljovic won the deciding leg against the darts with a 96 checkout to win the set and lead the match for the first time.

Suljovic won his third successive leg at the start of the fourth set, but Wade managed to win the next leg, which included his first 180 of the match.

Suljovic hit double top to win the third leg but Wade held throw in the fourth with a 13-darter, completed on double 12, to level.

The deciding leg proved to be a tense affair, with Suljovic first to a finish only to waste two darts at double six as a relieved Wade took the opportunity to hit double ten and square the game.

Suljovic put that disappointment behind him to break throw in the opening leg of the fifth set with a 72 finish.

The Austrian also secured the second leg by hitting double ten but missed seven chances at doubles to win the set in the third, allowing Wade to pinch the leg.

The World Grand Prix champion missed a dart at double eight for a 127 finish in the fourth leg and Suljovic took out 72 to win the set and lead the match for the second time.

Wade secured a break of throw at the start of the sixth set, but Suljovic hit back with a 13 darter to win the second leg.

Suljovic won the third leg on double two and had a chance to win the match in the fourth, but missed double 14 to complete a 121 checkout and Wade hit a two-dart 75 finish under severe pressure to keep his hopes alive.

However, Suljovic hit his seventh maximum of the contest in the deciding leg and went on to post double top to secure a famous victory.

“It’s absolutely the best moment of my career,” said Suljovic, who had stayed in England with his wife and son over Christmas after knocking out Michael van Gerwen in round one.

“It feels like nothing I’ve ever experienced before and I am over the moon. I’m so happy that my wife and son are here to share this moment.”

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