Anderson edges out MvG to claim World Series hat-trick in Tokyo!

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Gary Anderson won his third World Series crown of the year, edging out Michael van Gerwen 8-6 to win the Zipang Casino Tokyo Darts Masters at the Yoyogi Olympic Hall, in Thursday’s final.

Anderson, who won the opening two World Series events of 2016 in Dubai and Auckland, continued his impressive form to sink the world number one and claim his first ever title on Japanese soil. The world’s top two players put on a wonderful show in the final, both averaging over the 100 mark. Nevertheless, it was ‘The Flying Scotsman’ who prevailed.

Van Gerwen claimed first blood in the final, registering an early maximum and taking out 100 for the opening leg. Anderson levelled on tops, but the Dutchman regained the lead on D9, having hit a wonderful 168 in the preceding visit. The world champion was unperturbed through, drawing level at 2-2 with a clinical 70 checkout.

‘The Green Machine’ pinned D18 to edge ahead once more, but Anderson restored parity at three-apiece with a majestic 161 finish on the bull. Yet, it was Van Gerwen who held the lead at the interval, as he converted 45 on D16 for a 4-3 advantage.

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Tokyo Darts Masters- Day One Report!

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Phil Taylor began the defence of his Tokyo Darts Masters title with a comprehensive victory over Japan’s number one Haruki Muramatsu, as all eight Japanese players were eliminated on the opening day of the World Series event at the Yoyogi Olympic Hall on Wednesday.

Taylor averaged 97.20 en route to a 6-2 victory against a dogged Muramatsu, who fought valiantly but was unable to produce his best game. The opening three legs went with throw, but Taylor secured the first break of throw with a clinical 106 finish in leg four, and ‘The Power’ was in cruise control from this moment onwards.

Last year’s finalist Peter Wright progressed to the last eight by virtue of a 6-0 whitewash against Chikara Fujimori. Snakebite averaged 92.97 and converted 66% of his double attempts to breeze through. Fujimori missed doubles for 96 and 154 finishes, but the Scot was in clinical mood, with the highlight being a majestic 140 finish in leg four.

Michael van Gerwen overcome a spirited performance from Masumi Chino to move into the quarter-finals. Van Gerwen averaged a modest 93.24, and Chino kept himself in contention with wonderful finishes of 140, 66 and 101. However, MvG produced a timely 14-darter in the ninth leg, to wrap up a 6-3 victory.

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2016 Tokyo Darts Masters Draw!

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Reigning champion Phil Taylor will begin the defence of his Zipang Casino Tokyo Darts Masters title against Japanese number one Haruki Muramatsu, when the tournament begins at the Yoyogi Olympic Hall on Wednesday.

Taylor, who defeated Peter Wright 8-7 in the event’s inaugural staging last year, has prevailed in all three of his meetings against the 39-year-old Muramatsu. The 16-time world champion defeated the Japanese star in the 2012 World Championship, whilst he’s also edged him out on two separate occasions in the World Cup of Darts.

Last year’s finalist Peter Wright will take on Chikara Fujimori, who suffered a whitewash defeat to Michael van Gerwen in round-one twelve months ago. Van Gerwen, who claimed victory in the recent Shanghai Darts Masters, takes on Masumi Chino. Chino also appeared in last year’s tournament, losing 6-2 to eventual winner Taylor.

World champion Gary Anderson will go in search of his third World Series title of 2016 when he faces Seigo Asada tomorrow. Asada has competed in both the BDO World Championship and BDO World Trophy so far this year, and he could provide a stern test for ‘The Flying Scotsman’.

Five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will begin his bid for a maiden World Series crown against Keita Ono. Ono made his World Championship debut against Phil Taylor last December, whilst he also represented Japan in the recent World Cup of Darts, along with Muramatsu.

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2016 World Series of Darts line-up confirmed!

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The full line-up for the 2016 World Series of Darts has been announced and it promises to be the best one yet, with the addition of the Shanghai Masters accompanying existing tournaments in Dubai, New Zealand, Japan and Australia; featuring eight of the biggest names in world darts.

The World Series was initially introduced in 2013, beginning with tournaments in Dubai and Sydney. Perth was added to the calendar a year later, whilst events in Auckland and Japan were implemented in 2015. The Shanghai Masters will join these five events, with the 2016 World Series culminating in Glasgow for the end-of-season finals.

The top four players on the PDC Order of Merit are automatically selected, so Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor will all be competing across the globe. Van Gerwen will go in search of his fourth consecutive Dubai Masters title in June, whilst Taylor will be vying for his fourth Sydney Darts Masters crown during the summer.

Adrian Lewis will be defending his Auckland Masters title, whilst reigning world champion Gary Anderson goes in search of his maiden World Series crown. After the six events have been completed, the top eight players on the World Series of Darts rankings will progress to the World Series Finals, hosted in Glasgow during early November.

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