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Hempel stuns Van den Bergh to reach World Darts Championship Third Round

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Florian Hempel celebrates a famous win (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Florian Hempel pulled off a sensational scalp of fifth seed Dimitri van den Bergh in the Second Round of the 2021/22 World Darts Championship on Tuesday.

A dramatic Day Seven at Alexandra Palace saw Hempel and Michael Smith progress to the Last 32 of the £2.5m tournament along with Dave Chisnall, Vincent van der Voort, Mervyn King and Raymond Smith.

Emerging German talent Hempel, who first picked up a dart only four years ago, sealed the biggest shock of the tournament so far by toppling world number five Van den Bergh in a thrilling contest.

Having defeated compatriot Martin Schindler in Round One, Hempel defied a 101.7 average from Van den Bergh to claim a famous 3-1 win.

Hempel took the first set with an 11-darter to win a deciding leg before Van den Bergh completed a dominant second set with a brilliant 142 checkout.

The 2020 World Matchplay champion took the lead in set three but Hempel ran riot from there on in, reeling off six consecutive legs to complete the upset.

“Getting to the third round by beating the number five in the world is a big moment for me,” said the 31-year-old former professional handball player.

“I think I played the first set well but Dimitri was incredible in the second and it felt like he was turning the match around but I fought hard and did my job.

“I don’t know how I’ve managed to do this so quickly. All I can say is I just am doing it. The coordination between the hand and the eye that I learnt playing handball has definitely helped me.

“I will stay here for Christmas and prepare for my next match. I don’t have any plans but it will be a great Christmas.”

Hempel will take on Raymond Smith in Round Three after the Australian qualifier knocked out seeded opposition in Devon Petersen with a dominant straight sets victory.

Smith, who defeated Jamie Hughes in his opener, cruised into the Last 32 at the expense of the out-of-sorts South African.

“Devon Petersen is a great player but that wasn’t him in that game and I was able to take advantage,” said Smith, who dropped just three legs along the way.

“I need to bring more energy in the next match and I’m looking forward to it. I felt comfortable tonight and I hope that can continue.”

2019 world finalist Michael Smith dropped just one leg in a blistering display that saw him post both the highest average and the joint best doubles success percentage of any match at this year’s event so far.

The world number nine, who had lost his opening match in each of the last two years, averaged 106.23 and hit nine from 12 double attempts – the same 75% success rate as Hempel – in a dominant display.

“I’m delighted to get the win and can have a nice Christmas after two bad years,” said Smith, who also landed six 180s.

“I didn’t miss a dart at a double in the first set and that really helped me settle down from the start.

“I know where my game is and I know it is always there. I’m doing the right things and I know it will be my time soon. Once I win my first major title, I will go on a run of winning more.

“I’m always there or thereabouts. Nobody talks about me but I know I am capable. I just have to work hard.”

Chisnall breezed to a 3-0 victory over Belgium’s Mike De Decker to set up a Third Round meeting with either Luke Humphries or Rowby-John Rodriguez after Christmas.

The number 14 seed landed a fabulous 146 checkout in what was a comfortable win despite both players posting identical averages of 96.4.

After winning the opening set in a deciding leg it was plain sailing for Chisnall, who won six of the last eight legs to progress.

Crowd favourite Van der Voort eased into the Third Round with a straight sets success over Adam Hunt.

The Dutchman, making his 15th consecutive World Championship appearance, punished his opponent for missing a darts to win each of the first two sets as he went two ahead.

He then raced through the third set 3-0 completing a six leg burst to earn the victory, which included three 180s, to set up a third round meeting with James Wade.

Veteran star King produced a remarkable turnaround against Ryan Joyce, winning 3-2 to reach the Last 32 stage for a fourth World Championship in a row.

King, the 21st seed, found himself two sets down to former quarter-finalist Joyce, who clinically hit checkouts of 86, 84 and 78 as he won six of the opening seven legs.

After the second interval, King turned the tie on its head, winning nine successive legs to seal his place in round three where he will face Steve Lennon.

Welsh teenager Lewy Williams enjoyed a dream debut as he whitewashed Japan’s Toyokazu Shibata 3-0, with the 19-year-old now set to face Gabriel Clemens in Round Two.

Jason Lowe also enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win against Sweden’s Daniel Larsson, dropping just one leg to set up a meeting with seventh seed Jose de Sousa.

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William Hill World Darts Championship 2021/22 Day Seven Results

Tuesday December 21

Afternoon Session
Lewy Williams 3-0 Toyokazu Shibata (R1)
Jason Lowe 3-0 Daniel Larsson (R1)
Mervyn King 3-2 Ryan Joyce (R2)
Dave Chisnall 3-0 Mike De Decker (R2)

Evening Session
Vincent van der Voort 3-0 Adam Hunt (R2)
Michael Smith 3-0 Ron Meulenkamp (R2)
Dimitri Van den Bergh 1-3 Florian Hempel (R2)
Devon Petersen 0-3 Raymond Smith (R2)

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