The 2013 Darts World Matchplay continues to rage on in Blackpool, England, as countless players have come together to earn global supremacy.
With tight matches transpiring at every turn, there have been more than a handful of upsets, and favorites have been defeated in rather shocking ways. Only a few players remain unscathed, and there is a good chance the surprises will continue.
So, which surprise performers will continue to prosper?
Jamie Caven is a 37-year-old with no sight in his right eye. The veteran British darts player is an accomplished competitor, but going up against a thriving Wes Newton suggested he'd be unable to win his opening match.
Instead, Caven pulled out a major upset and advanced to fight another day.
Caven is a diabetic who has lost the vision in his right eye, making everyone believe he's fighting an uphill battle. The fact of the matter is, few players have displayed the intestinal fortitude Caven has put forth.
With this in mind, it's not only surprising to see him win but also impossible to root against him.
Caven is set to face Dave Chisnall, so it won't get any easier for the ultimate underdog. With that being said, Caven had displayed an undeniable will to succeed.
Until he's eliminated, we're inclined to believe the surprises will continue.
Ian White is a skilled darts player who has displayed signs of becoming a consistent championship contender. With that being said, White was tasked with defeating Robert Thornton in the first round.
Not only did he beat the former champion, but he also dominated their match.
White won 10-3, which is a significantly larger margin than anyone could have expected to see. Thornton, the 2007 World Masters champion, wasn't only expected to fare better than this but also to be a contender for the championship.
Now, he's left wondering what could have been.
Having dominated one of the best in the world, White certainly has the necessary momentum to continue winning. Whether he can pull out that type of win in the second round is unclear, but one thing is certain.
This was one incredible performance.
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