Jelle Klaasen made a winning return to the PDC European Tour with victory over Callan Rydz in Round One of…
Jelle Klaasen made a winning return to the PDC European Tour with victory over Callan Rydz in Round One of the 2022 European Darts Grand Prix in Stuttgart on Friday.
Former World Champion Klaasen last competed on the European Tour in 2020, but came through the Associate Member Qualifiers to seal a spot in the £140,000 event.
He impressed in a 6-4 win over World Championship quarter-finalist Callan Rydz, opening with an 11-darter and a 120 finish to establish a lead he would never surrender.
Klaasen now faces reigning European Champion Rob Cross in a tasty Second Round tie on Saturday at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle.
Adam Gawlas, a quarter-finalist in the Czech Darts Open last weekend, also shone on Friday with a 100 average in his 6-3 defeat of Ryan Joyce, setting up a rematch with Ryan Searle.
Danny Noppert and Michael Smith will meet in a repeat of March’s UK Open final after Noppert enjoyed a comfortable 6-3 success over Karel Sedlacek.
April’s German Grand Prix finalist Martin Lukeman enjoyed another strong European Tour display as he finished six from ten on the doubles in a 6-3 defeat of Switzerland’s Stefan Bellmont.
Lukeman, who landed a 111 checkout and sealed victory with a ten-dart leg, will now face Michael van Gerwen in Saturday’s Second Round.
Two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis battled back from 4-1 and 5-2 down to edge past Luke Woodhouse with four consecutive legs and set up a show-down with Premier League table-topper Jonny Clayton.
Joe Murnan whitewashed German qualifier Lukas Wenig 6-0 to move through to a meeting with Dimitri Van den Bergh, while Mickey Mansell’s 6-1 defeat of Radek Szaganski ensures he opens Saturday’s action against Australian ace Damon Heta.
Andrew Gilding’s dominant 6-1 win over John Michael moves him into a clash with Jose de Sousa, while Ryan Meikle now plays double European Tour event winner Luke Humphries following a strong 6-2 defeat of Ron Meulenkamp.
Rowby-John Rodriguez produced a 12-darter in the deciding leg of his clash with Jim Williams to secure a second round meeting with Joe Cullen – Thursday’s Premier League Night 15 winner in London.
There was disappointment for Germany’s Gabriel Clemens – who came from 3-0 down to force a deciding leg against Johan Engstrom – only for the Swedish qualifier to prevail and move through to meet World Champion Peter Wright.
Stephen Bunting recovered from 5-2 down to force a decider against Kim Huybrechts, before missing a dart for victory as the Belgian held his nerve to set up a clash with Krzysztof Ratajski.
Madars Razma will meet German talisaman Martin Schindler following a narrow 6-5 win over Niels Zonneveld, while Danny Jansen dropped just one leg in his all-Dutch tie with Martijn Kleermaker to create a second round meeting with Brendan Dolan.
European Darts Grand Prix 2022 – Day One Results
Friday May 20
Andrew Gilding 6-1 John Michael
Madars Razma 6-5 Niels Zonneveld
Adam Gawlas 6-3 Ryan Joyce
Radek Szaganski 1-6 Mickey Mansell
Stefan Bellmont 3-6 Martin Lukeman
Ryan Meikle 6-2 Ron Meulenkamp
Joe Murnan 6-0 Lukas Wenig
Jelle Klaasen 6-4 Callan Rydz
Jim Williams 5-6 Rowby-John Rodriguez
Kim Huybrechts 6-5 Stephen Bunting
Martijn Kleermaker 1-6 Danny Jansen
Nathan Rafferty 6-3 Dragutin Horvat
Luke Woodhouse 5-6 Adrian Lewis
Gabriel Clemens 5-6 Johan Engstrom
Karel Sedlacek 3-6 Danny Noppert
Eddie Lovely (Bye)