Thursday, December 29, 2011

Anderson admits to first-round struggle

World number four Gary Anderson has admitted he was far from at his best in his scrappy win over the relative unknown German Jyhan Artut in the first round of the Ladbrokes PDC World Darts Championship.

Last year's runner-up was made to fight all the way to make it into the second round after eventually winning the closely-fought clash at Alexandra Palace on a final-leg shoot-out.

The inexperienced Artut, making just his third appearance at the Ladbrokes PDC World Championships, stormed into a 2-0 lead to set up a potential huge shock in the first round before Anderson responded to level the tie at 2-2. The best PDC darts betting reflects this.

Anderson then missed three darts to seal the win in the sixth, before Artut amazingly levelled the match again with a stunning 102 checkout to make it 3-3.

With a a two-leg margin needed for victory, Artut missed a great chance to progress when off target with four darts and Anderson proceeded to take the match into a sudden-death leg. Anderson, finally playing at somewhere near his usual level then hit bull twice in a row to take the darts, before an impressive two-dart 76 finish handed him the hard-fought victory.
Afterwards, Anderson conceded he had been pushed all the way by his German opponent and described the laboured win as a "wake-up call".

He told Sky Sports: "It was a get out of jail free card tonight. He did play well but the first two sets I couldn’t hit a double to save my life, but I managed to nick a few here and there."

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