Ronnie Baxter 0-3 Ricky Evans
Devon Petersen 4-1 Mohammed Latif Sapup (P)
Kim Huybrechts 3-1 Ronny Huybrechts
Steve Beaton 1-3 Devon Petersen
Mervyn King 3-0 Darin Young
South African Devon Petersen stole the show on Day 4 of the Darts World Championship at Alexandra Palace.
The 27-year-old, who has spent the best part of a year on the sidelines with an arm injury, cruised into the Second Round, much to the delight of his new fans in the crowd.
Petersen saw off Malaysian qualifier Mohammed Latif Sapup in the Preliminary Round earlier in the night before upsetting former world champion Steve Beaton in the First Round.
Petersen danced onto the oche for the beginning of his contest with Beaton, and he never looked back, recovering from a set down to win 3-1.
“I got the crowd on my side and the support they gave me was incredible,” said Petersen—per pdc.tv.
The highly anticipated clash between siblings Kim and Ronny Huybrechts failed to live up to its top billing as younger brother, Kim, stumbled across the finish line.
The Belgian brothers looked nervy at the start of their encounter as Ronny capitalised on some errors from Kim to open up a 1-0 lead. He then had an opportunity to go 2-0 up but the chance slipped away and Kim bounced back to take the win 3-1, hitting a 110 checkout to clinch it.
“I was missing a lot of doubles early on and I got really anxious and tight,” said Kim—per pdc.tv. “Ronny was by far the better player and should have gone two sets up. I felt sorry for him when he missed those doubles but I had to put it out of my mind and concentrate.”
The first upset of the night came in the match between Ronnie Baxter and Ricky Evans.
Evans, despite beating Baxter in the PDC Championship this year, came into the contest as the slight underdog but steamrolled to victory against an out-of-sorts Baxter.
The Englishman won just three legs and hit five doubles in the 3-0 defeat.
World No. 4 Mervyn King rounded of the night with a comfortable 3-0 victory over American Darin Young.
First round action continues Tuesday at the Alexandra Palace.