PDC World Darts Championship Careens into Round of 16 Tuesday as Veterans Exploit Each Other’s Physical Shortcomings

Gary Anderson continued his campaign for a third PDC World Darts Championship (2015, 2016) title after a heady back-and-forth besting Mensur Suljovic at London’s Alexandra Palace on Monday night.

Gary Anderson
Gary “The Flying Scottsman” Anderson made a miracle comeback against Austria’s Mensur Suljovic to force himself into the PDC World Championship’s round of 16. Action continues Tuesday as the tournament’s final pairing will take place on Jan. 4 in London. (Image: Getty)

Down 3-2, “The Flying Scottsman” won the final six legs of the match in a comeback that edged out the 48-year-old Austrian 4-3.

The 50-year-old Anderson expressed displeasure with Suljovic’s style in the post-game. His nagging knee injury was aggravated in the 90-minute yawner, which featured 33 missed darts at double before he started on the comeback converting four ton-plus (100-points or more) checkouts, including one 156-point combination, to take the match.

Price defeats Dolan in Sudden Death to Set Up Meeting with Mervyn King

Anderson and Suljovic have a friendly rivalry; the pair faced one another in the 2018 World Matchplay final in what’s known as one of the decade’s greatest contests.

In other action, No. 3 in the world, Gerwyn Price defeated Brendan Dolan in a sudden-death leg to press forward to the round of 16.

“Brendan was playing really well on throw, and he punished me when I missed opportunities, but thankfully that last double went in,” Price said in the post-game.

The Welshman hit nine 180s, including a 170 checkout to set up a meeting Tuesday with Englishman Mervyn King, who defeated Jose de Sousa Monday in four straight sets. It will be the 54-year-old King’s first time in the round of 16 since the 2014 World Championship.

Price (-260 on Bovada) and King (+195) are a go Wednesday evening in London.

Underrated Durrant Will Face van Duijvenbode in Round of 16

Glenn Durrant (EVEN) also defeated Danny Baggish Monday 4-2 to advance to face 28-year-old Dutch young gun Dirk van Duijvenbode (-150), who cruised into the round of 16 with a 4-0 victory over Adam Hunt.

Action resumes at 4:15 a.m. EST Tuesday as a pair of thirty-something Englishmen James Wade (-350), the youngest ever to win a PDC title, aged 24 at World Matchplay in 2007, and Steven “The Bullet” Bunting (+250) face off.

North Americans can tune into the PDC World Darts Championship, including the final on Sunday, January 3 on skysports.com/darts, or on skysports’ app.

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