PDC World Championship - Newton & White win QF spots
WES NEWTON and comeback kid Ian White won through to the World Darts Championship quarter-finals on Friday afternoon, as dancing Devon Petersen completed the third round line-up at Alexandra Palace with a 4-1 win over Justin Pipe.
Number eight seed Newton won through to his third World Championship quarter-final in fine style with a 4-1 win over Robert Thornton as the £1 million tournament resumed following the Christmas break.
Newton punished three misses from Thornton to win the game's opening set before winning the second without reply to move two sets up.
He also led 2-0 in the third before Thornton, aided by a 136 finish, hit back to win a decider on double top to pull back to 2-1 in the match - only for Newton to race through the fourth and then win the fifth set 3-1 to seal his quarter-final spot.
"It was pretty comfortable so I'm happy with that result," said Newton. "The main thing was that I won but I played ok and I'm through to the quarter-finals.
"I'm really determined this year to prove a point - to myself. I know what I can do and who I can beat, but I've not been setting the world on fire this year and I know there's a lot more to come, and it's my determination that's getting me through.
"That's a good, solid performance - I'm not hitting top form but there's a lot more to come and hopefully my A-game will come out in the quarter-finals.
"I'm really determined, I've got a bit of fight in my belly and all I can do is keep winning. I'm not putting too much pressure on myself, I''m just looking at who's in front of me and what I've got to do win the game."
Stoke's White, meanwhile, produced a thrilling comeback from 3-1 down in sets as he defeated Richie Burnett 4-3 - with the 43-year-old having avoided a fightback from Kim Huybrechts in his previous game before this time having to hit back himself.
Burnett, the 1995 Lakeside Champion, had seemed set to soar into the last eight for the first time in a decade as he won the game's first set 3-1 and took the third and fourth to move within touching distance of victory.
White, though, hit back to win the next two sets 3-1 to level the contest before soaring through the decider without reply to reach his first World Championship quarter-final.
"I'm absolutely delighted with that but I don't make things easy for myself," said White. "I've had a nine-darter against me by Kyle Anderson, a 4-3 against Kim Huybrechts and another one today, but it feels great right now.
"It was a tough comeback and at 3-1 down I thought I might be going home, but I kept thinking about Kim Huybrechts against me and how he knuckled down, and I dug in. I took it set by set and got back into the game.
"I missed a few doubles in the first set and could have been 2-1 or 3-1 up. I wasn't doing anything wrong apart from missing a few doubles - my scoring was good, so hopefully I can put the two together in the next round.
"This is my second successive TV quarter-final and I'm feeling more relaxed on stage now. I'm just happy to be through and I'm playing good darts."
Earlier in the afternoon session, South Africa's Devon Petersen took a 4-1 win over Justin Pipe in the event's final second round game, earning himself a clash with James Wade on Saturday afternoon.
Petersen had defeated Malaysia's Mohammed Latif Sapup and former World Champion Steve Beaton to win through to the last 32, equalling his previous best Alexandra Palace success.
However, he secured a third round spot in style with some superb finishing against the number 11 seed.
Petersen came from 2-1 down to win the first set, after Pipe missed four darts at doubles for the lead, and then took the second without reply to double his advantage.
Pipe won the third set 3-0, but was left waiting on 36 in the deciding leg of set four as Petersen produced a killer blow by taking out 130 on the bull for a 3-1 cushion, before taking the fifth set to claim his third round spot - which he celebrated with his customary dance to delight the full house at Alexandra Palace.
"To put myself into the last 16 of the World Championship has to be the best performance I've ever had and I'm over the moon," said Petersen. "To beat players like Steve Beaton and Justin on the biggest stage is huge for me.
"The 130 finish to win the fourth set was a game-changer and it's one of the most important shots I've ever take out. At two-all he would have felt like he had the upper hand, but I just knew the 130 was going to go, and I had him then.
"The crowd were great and I wanted to give them something to cheer about. It felt like I came here to entertain the crowd - but I want to let my darts do the talking and I'm doing that.
"Being part of the last 16 is a dream come true for me, fantastic, and I want to move forward from here."
The third round continues on Friday night with a further three games, including the meeting of former World Champions Mark Webster and Raymond van Barneveld.
Former World Championship finalists Simon Whitlock and Kevin Painter kick off the evening session, and Peter Wright faces World Youth Champion Michael Smith, who knocked out reigning champion Phil Taylor in the second round.
World Darts Championship
Friday December 27
Justin Pipe 1-4 Devon Petersen
Wes Newton 4-1 Robert Thornton
Richie Burnett 3-4 Ian White
Evening Session (7pm)
Simon Whitlock v Kevin Painter
Michael Smith v Peter Wright
Mark Webster v Raymond van Barneveld
DEVON PETERSEN 4-1 JUSTIN PIPE
(3-2, 3-0, 0-3, 3-2, 3-1)
SOUTH AFRICA'S Devon Petersen reached the third round of the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship for the first time with a brilliant 4-1 victory over Justin Pipe.
The 27-year-old from Mitchell's Plain, who defeated Malaysia's Mohammed Latif Sapup and former World Champion Steve Beaton in reaching the last 32, claimed another notable scalp in the shape of the world number 11 as the tournament resumed following the Christmas break.
Pipe started the game well to lead the first set 2-1, hitting a 13-darter in the opening leg only to miss four chances to wrap up the set in the fourth, which Petersen edged on double 14.
The South African Masters champion then produced a brilliant 12-dart leg to claim the set before hitting finishes of 121 and 96 to win the first two legs of the second set, hitting a maximum in both.
Petersen then went to win the set in the next leg to move two sets up, but that advantage was quickly reduced by Pipe, who stopped the rot as he won three straight legs to take the third set with ease.
Petersen made a good start to set four by taking the first two legs, but a missed dart at double seven to win the set proved costly as Pipe took out a 110 finish to win the third leg.
Pipe won the fourth and looked on course to level the match in the fifth as he left 36 after 12-darts, only for Petersen to take out a fantastic 130 checkout on the bullseye to move himself 3-1 up in the match.
The first two legs of the fifth set went against throw before Petersen hit double 11 to edge 2-1 up and move a leg away from victory, and he showed now nerves in crossing the winning line by landing double 18 to end Pipe's hopes.
"The 130 finish to win the fourth set and go 3-1 up was really big for me," said the South African, who now faces James Wade for a place in the last eight.
"I'd missed a chance to win the set earlier on the double seven, and I thought for a couple of legs that I'd let Justin off, but that finish really stopped him in his tracks.
"I appreciate the crowd and I try to give them a show. To beat players like Steve Beaton and Justin on the biggest stage in darts is huge for me, as my expectations were very low entering the competition."
1-0 - Pipe starts well as he hits double top for a 13-dart finish.
1-1 - Petersen holds throw on double 16 after Pipe misses two chances to break.
2-1 - Pipe hits a clinical two-dart 70 finish to edge ahead.
2-2 - Pipe fails with four opportunities to wrap up the set, and Petersen capitalises by hitting double 14 at the first attempt.
2-3 - Petersen produces good scoring to leave 68 after 12 darts, and takes that finish out on double 16 to claim the set.
0-1 - Petersen hits the first 180 of the game, only for Pipe to reply with a maximum of his own, but the South African wins the leg by taking out a 121 checkout on the bullseye.
0-2 - The South African breaks his opponent's throw with a fine 96 finish to complete a 12-darter.
0-3 - Pipe misses one dart at double top, which gives Petersen an opportunity at the same double - and he duly converts to establish a two-set lead.
1-0 - Pipe holds throw on double 16 to win his first leg in six.
2-0 - Petersen takes command of the leg by hitting a third 180, only to miss three darts at double 12. Pipe takes advantage of that slip from the South African by taking out 68 in two darts.
3-0 - Pipe hits double top to win the set comfortably and halve the gap.
0-1 - Petersen holds throw on double 16 for an excellent 14-darter.
0-2 - The South African hits double 16 for the second successive leg to complete a 62 finish.
1-2 - Petersen just misses double seven for a 122 finish, to win the set, and the number 11 seed converts a 110 checkout.
2-2 - Pipe takes out a 90 finish in two darts to force a deciding leg.
2-3 - Pipe looks on course to win the set as he leaves 36 after 12 darts, but Petersen stuns his opponent with a brilliant 130 checkout on the bullseye.
0-1 - Petersen hits double 12 for a 13-dart finish to break his opponent's throw.
1-1 - One missed dart at tops for a 114 finish from the South African proves expensive as the Taunton ace takes out 76 on double four to draw level.
1-2 - Petersen hits double 11 with a pressure third dart, with Pipe waiting on double six, to move a leg away from victory.
1-3 - The South African hits double 18 at the fourth attempt to close out the game.
WES NEWTON 4-1 ROBERT THORNTON
(3-2, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0, 3-1)
WES NEWTON reached the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship quarter-finals for a third time with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Robert Thornton.
The world number eight edged a tight opening set to take an early lead before claiming the next five legs to establish total command of the game in moving a leg away from a three-set lead.
Thornton, though, won the next three legs to take the third set, but his hopes of a recovery were extinguished as Newton powered through to the last eight by taking six of the next seven legs.
"It's great to be through to my third World Championship quarter-final in the space of four years," said the Fleetwood ace, who will now play either Michael Smith or Peter Wright.
"Robert didn't really turn up today and missed a number of doubles, but I did my job and it's great to be through.
"I feel I've got a great opportunity now to go even further in this tournament and I've got lots of determination to achieve big things."
The first set proved to be a tight affair which saw the first four legs shared against the throw, before a tense decider saw Thornton miss three chances to win the set to allow Newton in to hit double ten with his third dart.
Newton kicked on to the win next five legs in a row and move within touching distance of three-set lead, before Thornton stopped the rot to win the next two with a 136 checkout, followed by a 62 finish to level the third set at two-all.
The Scot then won the set in the decider, thanks to a 76 finish, but Newton recovered brilliantly to win the fourth set without reply, which included legs of 13 and 14 darts to restore his lead.
The first two legs of the fifth set fell the way of Newton, as he moved a leg away from victory, before Thornton hit double top for a 68 finish to keep his hopes alive.
However, Newton swiftly ended the contest the next leg after hitting double four for a 14-dart finish, to confirm Thornton's exit.
1-0 - Both players hit 180s before Thornton misses two chances at double top, and Newton hits the same double to break throw.
1-1 - Thornton hits back as he hits double ten to draw level.
2-1 - Newton hits double top to break again, after Thornton failed to set up a shot at double when attempting to complete a 49 finish.
2-2 - Thornton hits a second maximum before taking out a 90 finish.
3-2 - Newton hits double ten with his third dart to edge a tight set, after Thornton wastes three chances to move ahead.
1-0 - Newton takes out a 75 finish to hold throw in a leg that included a 180 from the Fleetwood ace.
2-0 - Newton breaks Thornton's throw to take command of the set.
3-0 - The world number eight hits double to win the set, after his opponent missed the same double for a 101 finish.
1-0 - Thornton hits a 180 but a missed darts at tops sees Newton land double ten to win a fifth leg in a row.
2-0 - Newton hits double 16 to increase his lead.
2-1 - Newton fires in a third 180 only for the Thornton to reply with his fourth before taking out a brilliant 136 checkout to stop the rot.
2-2 - Thornton takes out a 62 finish on double 16.
2-3 - Thornton converts a 76 finish, on double top, to claim the set with Newton waiting on 67 for a three-set lead.
1-0 - Newton hits double top at the first attempt to record a 13-darter.
2-0 - The number eight seed hits a brilliant 171 to leave double top, which he hits to break throw.
3-0 - Newton hits a fifth 180 and, despite Thornton landing a maximum of his own, Newton hits double top to regain his two-set advantage.
1-0 - Newton adds another 180 to his tally, but two missed darts to break gives Thornton a chance. However, the Scot fails with two attempts at tops and Newton returns to hit double one.
2-0 - Newton moves a leg away from triumph thanks to an accurate attempt at double eight.
2-1 - Thornton hits double top to convert a 68 finish.
3-1 - Newton is just off-target on the bullseye for a 170 checkout, but returns to hit double four to end the contest.
IAN WHITE 4-3 RICHIE BURNETT
(1-3, 3-1, 0-3, 2-3, 3-1, 3-1, 3-0)
IAN WHITE came back brilliantly from a 3-1 deficit to knock out popular Welshman Richie Burnett in a thrilling last 16 encounter at the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship.
Burnett looked set for a first quarter-final appearance in the World Championship in 11 years after edging the fourth set to move 3-1 up.
However, White - who has defeated Kyle Anderson and Kim Huybrechts in opening two games - produced a superb comeback as he won nine of the next 11 legs to claim a quarter-final place.
The first two legs where shared, which featured a 125 checkout from White in the second, before Burnett recorded a 12-darter to edge ahead.
Burnett then won the first set on double 18 before White drew to level to win the second by a 3-1 margin, which included a superb 128 checkout on the bullseye in the third leg.
The 1995 World Champion hit back superbly as he took the third set without reply, with the aid 68 and 64 finishes, followed by a clinical 13-darter, to move 2-1 up.
The fourth set went all the way to a deciding leg, which Burnett claimed on double eight to move two sets clear, before the Stoke ace won the fifth 3-1, to remain in the hunt.
White took the first two legs of the sixth set to establish a good advantage, hitting a 111 finish in the opening leg, before Burnett won the third on double top with White waiting on double 14 to win the set.
White took his good form of the sixth set into the decider as he took the first leg with a 101 finish, before hitting double eight to move a leg away from victory, which he sealed in the next leg on tops.
1-0 - Burnett hits a 180 before stealing the leg on double ten, after White failed with five attempts at double 16.
1-1 - White lands a brilliant 125 checkout, after Burnett missed three chances at double 16.
2-1 - Burnett hits an 81 finish to complete an excellent 12-darter.
3-1 - White hits a 180 but misses his chance to punish two misses from Burnett at double 18, allowing the Welshman back to take the set.
1-0 - The Welshman starts the second set well by holding throw on double ten.
1-1 - White posts a third 180 before landing double 16 to draw level.
1-2 - The Stoke ace completes a brilliant 128 checkout on the bullseye.
1-3 - White lands double four to convert a 64 finish to draw level.
1-0 - Burnett converts a clinical two-dart 68 finish to break his opponent's throw.
2-0 - The Welshman hits double 16 to complete a 64 finish.
3-0 - Burnett hits double top to complete a fine 13-darter.
0-1 - The winning double proves elusive as both players miss four opportunities, before White lands double four with his third dart.
1-1 - White leaves 40 after 12 darts, but wastes three opportunities to win the leg, which Burnett claims on double 16.
2-1 - Burnett takes out a fine 61 finish on double top, with his opponent waiting on 32.
2-2 - White holds throw on double 16 to force a deciding leg.
3-2 - Burnett holds his nerve to hit double eight with an accurate third dart.
0-1 - White lands double 16 to convert a 70 finish.
0-2 - The Stoke ace breaks Burnett's throw with an excellent 14-darter.
1-2 - White misses a dart at bullseye to win the set, and Burnett takes advantage by hitting double 16.
1-3 - White wastes three chances to win the set, only for Burnett to do the same and allow the number 21 seed to return and hit double eight.
0-1 - White takes out a 111 finish after Burnett was just off-target on double 19.
0-2 - The world number 21 hits double top at the first attempt to increase his advantage.
1-2 - White applies pressure on his opponent with a 180 to leave 28, but Burnett keeps his composure to hit double top at the first time of asking.
1-3 - The Stoke ace starts the leg with back-to-back 140s, before winning the set on double four, for a 13-dart finish.
0-1 - White takes the lead for the first time thanks to a clinical 101 finish, on double top.
0-2 - Double eight completes a brilliant 13-darter from White, as he wins the leg against the darts.
0-3 - White completes a superb win as he hits double top to progress to the last eight.