World number three Peter Wright is out of the PDC World Darts Championship in the second round after his 3-1 defeat by Toni Alcinas at Alexandra Palace. England’s Ryan Joyce defeated Anastasia Dobromyslova in straight sets in the PDC World Darts Championship’s opening round, while ex-world champion Raymond van Barneveld was also knocked out.
Spaniard Alcinas, 39, picked up the first set courtesy of a 109 finish before taking the second soon after. Wright, the 2014 runner-up, broke back with the third set but Alcinas took the fourth to complete the shock win. “It is a special moment for me and I hope I can go even further now,” Alcinas said after his victory. “I had played against Peter several times and could never beat him. “He didn’t play his best game but it was still a hard match and I had to play well to win.”
Five-time world champion Van Barneveld was knocked out in the second round of his penultimate World Championship, losing 3-2 to Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas. The Dutchman recovered from being a set down twice before Labanauskas completed a famous win on double four. Elsewhere, South African Devon Petersen missed seven match darts before beating Englishman Wayne Jones 3-2.
The 2018/2019 PDC World Darts Championship is the 26th World Darts Championship to be organised by the Professional Darts Corporation; and the eleventh to be held at Alexandra Palace, London. It will be held between 13 December 2018 and 1 January 2019, the culmination of the 2018 Professional Darts Corporation season.