MICHAEL VAN GERWEN made light work of his first round opponent as he moved safely through to the second round of the World Darts Championship on Saturday night.
The world number one dropped just one leg in a straight sets success against Finland’s Kim Viljanen at London’s Alexandra Palace, where he was cheered on by Edith Schippers, Minister for Health, Welfare & Sport in the Netherlands and Simon Smits, the Dutch Ambassador to the United Kingdom (pictured).
“That’s one down and five to go,” said van Gerwen, who hit five 180s and averaged almost 104.
“I think I played okay and it was good to get through comfortably. I can relax now and look forward what feels like the real tournament.
“The first round is always very difficult so I’m pleased with what I’ve done here.”