Anderson cruises into second round, Klaasen crashes out
Gary Anderson started his quest to regain the PDC World Championship title with an emphatic 3-0 win over Jeff Smith at a raucous Alexandra Palace on Saturday.
Anderson, the 2015 and 2016 champion, started with a 180 and never looked back, sending Canadian Smith packing with a ruthless performance.
The flying Scotsman raised his game in the second set, needing just the 10 darts to wrap up the opening leg and averaging 131.93 in the set as Smith was given a harsh lesson at the end of an evening session which he started with a preliminary round win over Luke Humphries
Anderson's standards slipped in the third and he missed 18 darts at the double in a one-sided match, but eased into round two with an average of just over 100 on day three of the tournament.
Former BDO champion Jelle Klaasen fell at the first hurdle, going down 3-1 to fellow Dutchman Jan Dekker.
Klaasen won the first set and the first leg of the second, but his compatriot warmed to the task and advanced after missing only five doubles.
Benito van de Pas was another seed to crash out, going down 3-1 to Steve West and Zoran Lerchbacher sent Mervyn King packing 3-2 in the afternoon session.
Robert Thornton and Jermaine Wattimena were also first-round winners.