Michael Smith was surprisingly eliminated on Sunday in the second round of the World Cup darts in London. The vice-world champion lost 1-3 to rookie Luke Woodhouse.
Smith, as this year is usually wearing a shirt for charity, started the competition dramatically. He barely scored high scores (many arrows landed outside of twenty) and was therefore quickly 0-2 behind.
The number four in the world finally got a bit better in his game in the third set, but he was kept alive by Woudhouse, who missed no fewer than six match darts at 2-2, from which Smith ultimately benefited gratefully.
Smith then seemed to straighten everything out. He simply kept his first two legs of his own, but finished a sloppy leg at 2-2 and this time he was presented with the seventh match dart from Woodhouse.
'Bully Boy' lost no chance of losing 3-7 to Michael van Gerwen in the World Cup final last year. He also had a reasonably good season this year, including a final place at the World Matchplay.
Suzuki just can't write history
Mikuru Suzuki just did not succeed in being the first woman to win a race at the PDC World Cup. The Japanese came back well in the first round against James Richardson from a 0-2 deficit, but eventually lost 2-3.
Suzuki still had a strong start with a 151-finish, but after that she seemed to be heading for a hopeless defeat. Richardson easily took a 2-0 lead and also led 2-0 in the third set, but then the game overturned.
The world champion for women (BDO) threw away all hesitation and tied the score in sets. She even took an 1-0 lead in the fifth set, but could not cause a sensation because she had to give up the decisive fifth leg.
In addition to Suzuki, Fallon Sherrock also qualified for the World Cup through one of the two women's qualifying tournaments last month. The English will face Ted Evetts on Tuesday in the first round.
Last year two women took part in the PDC World Cup for the first time. The Russian Anastasia Dobromyslova (0-3 against Ryan Joyce) and Lisa Ashton (1-3 against Jan Dekker) were then immediately eliminated in the first round.
Smith's second favorite that has been disabled
Smith is already the second favorite for the world title that has been eliminated. Rob Cross, the number two in the world and world champion of 2018, beat himself on Saturday in the second round against Kim Huybrechts: 0-3.
Ian White also stranded in the second round on Sunday. Despite an average of 100 points and a double percentage of 57, the number eight in the world had to recognize his superior in Darius Labanauskas: 1-3.
Kyle Anderson (3-2 against Xiaochen Zang after 0-2), Ciaran Teehan (3-0 against Ross Smith), Brendan Dolan (3-0 against Nitin Kumar), Jose Justicia (3-0 against Arron Monk) and Daniel Baggish (3-2 against Andy Boulton) reached the second round on Friday.
Monday there is only an evening session. Then the parties Steve Lennon-Callan Rydz, William O'Connor-Marko Kantele, Vincent van der Voort-Keane Barry (all first round) and Gary Anderson-Brendan Dolan (second round) are on the program.