Anderson eases past Smith

17 December 2017 23:04:23 GMTPlus11

Gary Anderson stressed his desire to claim a third PDC World Championship title in 2018 after a 3-0 first round win against Jeff Smith.

The 46-year-old, who win at Alexandra Palace in 2015 and 2016 before losing 7-3 against Michael van Gerwen in last year's final, enjoyed a comfortable opener against the Canadian qualifier on Saturday night.

Michael took my title off me last year and I'd love to do it to him this year. I want it back.

Gary Anderson

Anderson hit an average 132 in the second set to go 2-0 ahead and finished off Smith with seven 180s in 11 legs to march on into the second round.

Looking further ahead the 'Flying Scotsman' revealed that he intends to wrestle the title back from Van Gerwen this time around.

"It went a bit better than I thought it would go," Anderson told Sky Sports.

"I was a bit messy with some counting but I'll get over it. Michael took my title off me last year and I'd love to do it to him this year. I want it back."

Meanwhile, former BDO world champion Jelle Klaasen was defeated 3-1 by fellow Dutchman Jan Dekker, while the Netherland's Jermaine Wattimena also progressed 3-2 at the expense of Englishman Joe Cullen.

England's former world number one Mervyn King also went out as he relinquished a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 against Austria's Zoran Lerchbacher in a match which was delayed because of a blown light bulb.

Anderson is 1212/1 to win his third PDC title, while Van Gerwen is available at 8/15 to retain his crown and Phil Taylor is priced at 3/1 to win the title in his final appearance at the event.

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