Danny Noppert caused a huge stunt on Monday in the first round of World Matchplay by beating Gerwyn Price (10-7). Vincent van der Voort also surprised with a victory over Dave Chisnall (10-6).
Van der Voort got off the starting blocks, resulting in a comfortable 3-0 lead, but he also immediately lost that margin, which tied the score after the first two breaks: 5-5.
'The Dutch Destroyer' distanced itself again from Chisnall at 6-6. He first broke his opponent with a handsome 101 finish and then also pulled the next three legs and with it the victory.
Van der Voort was eliminated in the first round during his last five participations in the World Matchplay. His best performance at the prestigious tournament is a quarterfinals place in 2009.
After Michael van Gerwen (against Brendan Dolan), Van der Voort is the second Dutchman in the second round. Jermaine Wattimena (against Krysztof Ratajski) and Jeffrey de Zwaan (against Glen Durrant) stranded in the first round last weekend.
The World Matchplay moved this year from Blackpool to Milton Keynes because of the corona crisis. There is no public welcome at the Marshall Arena, which also hosted the Summer Series, the first darts event after the corona break, last week.