Smith suffers from shock double

24 December 2020 21:15:45 GMTPlus11

Michael Smith crashed out of the PDC World Championship at his first hurdle for the second year in a row, being beaten 3-1 by Jason Lowe.

Fourth seed Smith reached the world championship final in 2019, but has failed to make it past the second round in either of the last two years - having been beaten 3-1 by Luke Woodhouse 12 months ago.

Things happen for a reason and maybe I'll be world champion.

Nathan Aspinall

Lowe, meanwhile, was delighted with his efforts, telling the official PDC website: "This is the biggest win of my career and it feels amazing to do it at this tournament against one of the best players in the world.

"There was absolutely no pressure on me and that's what enabled me to play well. I think Michael put himself under pressure and I just played darts. If I can keep this attitude then I can be a problem for the big players."

Next up for Lowe is a third-round clash with 29th seed Devon Petersen.

Meanwhile, 2019 and 2020 semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall is hoping to use a narrow escape from defeat to inspire him on for the remainder of the tournament.

Two-time BDO world champion Scott Waites missed four match darts before Aspinall edged through 3-2 to set up a third-round meeting with 27th seed Vincent van der Voort.

Afterwards a relieved Aspinall said: "That was a tough game to play in. He was fantastic and that put pressure on me from the start, but I never gave in.

"I managed to put the pressure back on to him and, luckily for me, he missed opportunities and I got the result. Sometimes you need a game like that. Things happen for a reason and maybe I'll be world champion."

Aspinall is 1212/1 to be crowned world champion and is 1212/1 to reach the final, while he is 2/5 to defeat Van der Voort.

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