Source: Daily Mail by Richard Lewis.
Kevin Painter gave the performance of his life to end the reign of darts world champion Raymond van Barneveld at the Alexandra Palace last night.
The player known as The Artist triumphed 4-2 to reach today’s quarter-finals ? and almost won the match with a nine-dart leg.
As it was, Painter still produced gloss finish with just 10 darts to send Dutchman Barneveld home to Holland and no doubt back to bed to clear up a bout of flu.
Painter, 40, the runner-up in 2004, has been producing the most impressive darts of the tournament.
And even if Van Barneveld had not been ill, he would have been troubled by the Daventrybased player’s consistency.
Painter hit nine 180s, leading 2-1 and then 3-2, breaking the throw in that fifth set as he headed towards thrilling triumph.
It was 2-2 in legs as Painter began with a 180 in what became that final leg. Next time to the oche he did the same. An amazing finish was on and although he missed that, when he returned he needed just one more dart to progress to the last eight.
Van Barneveld, 40, a five-times world champion, won the first set but the match changed when Painter found his rhythm.
The Dutchman was too upset to speak afterwards but Painter, who will meet Adrian Lewis tonight, said: “It’s the best win of my career. I am delighted. A nine-darter would have been nice, but it is great to win.
“Only 18 months ago, I would have said it would be a miracle for me to beat Raymond but I have been playing some superb darts over the past year so I am not surprised. Barney has been a great champion but now it is someone else’s turn.
“After 2004, I heard a lot of people saying I would never get another chance, but I know what I am capable of doing.”
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