Wright relaxed after winning start

16 December 2020 19:24:47 GMTPlus11

Reigning PDC world champion Peter Wright admitted that he had not been at his best as he began his title defence with a 3-1 victory over Steve West.

Second seed Wright, 1212/1 to retain his title, averaged 92.60 in seeing off West and now has time to relax before preparing for a third-round clash with one of former finalist Andy Hamilton, Nico Kurz or 31st seed Gabriel Clemens.

I'm just happy to be safely through, but I know I wasn't at my best.

Peter Wright

Snakebite told the official PDC website: "Obviously there was a bit of pressure on me. I'm just happy to be safely through, but I know I wasn't at my best.

"I'm happy with the darts. Now I'm going to use my days off to rest up and come back refreshed for the rest of the tournament."

Chris Dobey and three-time former BDO world champion Glen Durrant both begin their world championship campaigns on Wednesday, as they face Jeff Smith and Diogo Portela respectively in round two.

Twelfth seed Durrant has made a major impact since switching to the PDC ranks almost two years ago, reaching the quarter-finals of the World Championship 12 months ago.

Duzza has also reached the semi-finals of the World Matchplay (twice), the World Grand Prix and the Grand Slam of Darts, before he claimed the Premier League title earlier this year, defeating Nathan Aspinall 11-8 in the final.

Durrant is 1212/1 to win the PDC World Championship and 1212/1 to reach the final.

Also in action on Wednesday is Lisa Ashton, the four-time former BDO women's world champion, with the Lancashire Rose facing Adam Hunt in round one.

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