Lewis ruins Wayne's worlds
Jenkins ends Pipe's dream while Anderson passes Peterson test
Last Updated: December 28, 2011 11:28pm
Adrian Lewis: Will now play Terry Jenkins in the last eight
Adrian Lewis breezed through to the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship with a 4-0 demolition of Wayne Jones.
The reigning champion, who had been below par in his opening two matches at Alexandra Palace, hit an impressive 67 per cent on his doubles to turn what had looked a tricky contest on paper into a complete procession.
"I don't think any player who has won it for the first time has then come back and defended it. To actually do that...that'd mean the world to me."
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A pumped up 'Jackpot' needed only 45 darts to take the opening set, including landing a 106 checkout in the second leg.
Jones took his first leg of the contest, thanks to double eight, at the start of the second set, though he still couldn't stop Lewis from doubling his advantage.
The Wolverhampton thrower found himself 2-1 up in the third, with his rival seemingly losing his momentum. However, Lewis found top gear again to fire in a 109 checkout that levelled matters, with double tops in the next giving him the set.
The fourth was extremely one-sided as the man from Stoke became the first player to reach the last eight in this year's tournament.
"In the practice room I was hitting 180s for fun, then I couldn't hit one up there," he told Sky Sports. "But I couldn't hit a double in practice, then up there you can see what I'm capable of (doing)."
On the prospect of retaining his title, particularly now that favourite Phil Taylor has been knocked out, Lewis added: "I don't think any player who has won it for the first time has then come back and defended it. To actually do that...that'd mean the world to me."
Next up for Lewis will be Terry Jenkins, who ended Justin Pipe's dreams of being crowned champion with a 4-1 victory.
'The Bull' was in impressive form from the outset, managing a three-dart average of 102.64 with seven 180s, as he comfortably coped with Pipe's go-slow throwing style.
"I pretty much knew that wouldn't bother me - I can throw slower or faster, it doesn't matter really," he said afterwards. "To be honest, it probably helped my game."
Jenkins took the opening two sets before Pipe threatened a comeback by taking a high-quality third that saw both men average in three figures.
Each player registered breaks of throw at the start of the fourth set but it was Jenkins who would eventually come out on top in the deciding leg, hitting double tops to put himself two clear again.
He took out 94 to move a leg away from victory and then closed out the match by hitting back-to-back double 18s, much to the delight of the crowd.
Gary Anderson had kicked off the action on Wednesday evening with a 4-2 triumph over Devon Petersen in the final second-round encounter.
Having been pushed hard by Jyhan Artut in his opener, the Scot was again made to work before eventually coming out on top.
South African Petersen lost the opening four legs but fought back impressively, even missing three chances to level the contest at two sets apiece.
His failure to take the chances proved costly, though, Anderson hitting double tops to take a 3-1 lead. Although he did lose the fifth set, the 41-year-old finished things in style, taking out 134 and then 124 to seal his progression.