Shanghai Darts Masters- Day One Report!

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Michael van Gerwen held off a valiant fightback from Singapore veteran Paul Lim to move into the Shanghai Darts Masters quarter-finals, as all eight seeds progressed through at the Pullman Hotel, Shanghai South, on Saturday afternoon.

Van Gerwen averaged 96, recorded three maximums and hit 60% of his doubles, but he was pushed all the way by his legendary 62-year-old opponent. ‘The Green Machine’ raced into a 4-1 advantage, but Lim won successive legs to reduce the arrears to 4-3. The next two legs were shared, before Van Gerwen held throw on tops to edge through.

Gary Anderson begin his bid for a third successive World Series crown with a whitewash victory over China’s Yunfei Jiang. The world champion wasn’t at his vintage best, averaging 93.94, but he didn’t allow his opponent a single dart at double in the entire contest.

Adrian Lewis also progressed to the quarter-finals by virtue of a whitewash victory, defeating Jianhua Shen 6-0. Jackpot averaged a modest 81.98 and hit three maximums, but Shen averaged a miserly 62.86 and also failed to register an attempt at double on home soil.

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