Whitlock through, Wade out
Simon Whitlock sent out a warning to his title rivals at the PDC World Championship but James Wade crashed out.
Last Updated: 30/12/10 5:28pm
Simon Whitlock sent out a warning to his title rivals at the PDC World Championship with a 4-0 demolition of Denis Ovens.
Australian Whitlock finally gave his compatriots something to cheer in the sporting world with a fantastic display in Tuesday night's second-round action at Alexandra Palace.
However James Wade was not so fortunate in the final match, going down to a shock 4-2 loss at the hands of Austrian Mensur Suljovic.
The world number two, seen as one of a handful of players capable of challenging Phil Taylor, was well below-par as he suffered an early exit.
Wade struggled throughout but still managed to level matters at two sets apiece when Suljovic missed two shots at double six.
But the outsider took the fifth set despite missing seven doubles in an earlier attempt to clinch it and held his nerve in the sixth to seal a famous victory.
The 38-year-old from Vienna hit seven 180s to set up a third-round clash with Wes Newton.
Whitlock had no such problems, though, dropping only two legs and averaging just under 103 to set up a showdown with Vincent van der Voort, who beat Wayne Jones in the afternoon.
Ovens took the opening leg of the contest on his own throw but it was a rare moment of success for the Englishman.
Whitlock - who lost in the final to Phil Taylor last year - responded by taken the next eight legs in a row. He took out 135 to wrap up the opening set and then started the second with the first 180 from either player.
Despite the crowd chanting '2-1 to the England' in reference to the Ashes series taking place in Australia, the man from Down Under was in the zone.
'The Wizard' worked his magic with a 164 checkout on his way to winning the second set before going 2-0 ahead in the next.
Ovens did stop the rot in the third leg of the third set, though it only proved a brief respite, as an 11-darter put Whitlock three sets ahead.
He then started the fourth with a 13-dart leg and then went even better in the next, needing just 12. Double four sealed an impressive win and a place in the last 16 of the tournament.
"I started a bit slowly, but I knew I was going to play well tonight," Whitlock told Sky Sports.
"Over the last eight or 10 days I've been putting a lot of time in on the board. I've been doing four or five hours (of practice) every single day, even Christmas Day.
"I've been working hard for this."
Asked if the speed of Dutchman van der Voort's play would bother him in the next round, Whitlock replied: "No, not at all. I'm just going to play my game. I'm not going to worry about his game and how fast he goes."
Meanwhile, Newton secured his place in the third round for the first time in his career with a straight-sets triumph over Brendan Dolan.
The crucial moment in the match came early on; Dolan paying the price for missing five doubles to take the opening set as his rival went 1-0 ahead thanks to a stunning 135 finish.
The failure to take his chances seemed to weigh heavy on the mind of the Northern Irishman, allowing Newton to run away with proceedings.
The world number 15 took out 136 at the start of the fourth set and after Dolan had missed three darts to win the fourth leg, Newton ended matters by nailing double four.
"It's good for me. I've had a poor showing at the World Championship," he said afterwards.
"I've had some tough draws in the past. But my ranking has gone up this year and no offence to those that I've played, but it's given me a better draw."