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WDF World Championship 2023 | Day Four Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in WDF Darts 05 Dec 2023
Jelle Klaasen celebrates (Photo by PDC Europe)

The Second Round action continues at the 2023 WDF World Championship on Tuesday as more big names begin their Lakeside campaigns.

Four seeds were sent packing in the men’s competition on Monday and a clutch of decorated darters will be out to avoid joining that list on Day Four in Frimley Green.

The afternoon session features a tie between fifth seed Wesley Plaisier and rising star Reece Colley for the right to take on James Richardson in the Last 16.

Plaisier has enjoyed a breakthrough 18 months, claiming the World Masters title last year as well as a PDC Challenge Tour title, and was also a semi-finalist on the PDC European Tour in September.

Colley, 24, marked his Lakeside debut with an impressive straight sets win over Lakeside veteran Dave Prins and will be looking to bring a premature end to Plaisier’s debut campaign at the home of world darts.

Liam Maendl-Lawrance, the youngest player in the men’s field, looks to build on his opening win when he meets Martyn Turner.

The 19-year-old, who has featured in a clutch of PDC European Tour events this year, recovered from a set down to edge out Mike Gillet 2-1 in Round One.

Turner is the number 15 seed in the draw, having claimed both the Welsh Open and Isle of Man Open titles this year.

The opening match of the afternoon features an all-Dutch clash between Alexander Merkx and Arjan Konterman.

Merkx, the number 13 seed, is a two-time WDF event winner in 2022 and reached the Semi-Finals of this year’s Malta Masters, as well as the Quarter-Finals of the Irish Open.

Konterman, a semi-finalist at this year’s Dutch Open, enjoyed a commanding straight sets win over Australia’s Danny Porter in Round One.

Rhian O’Sullivan, the number five seed in the women’s draw and runner-up here in 2010 and 2011, gets her title challenge under way with a tie against Suzanne Smith – who defeated Victoria Monaghan in straight sets earlier in the week.

The evening session commences with a clash between 2006 Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen and Sweden’s Edwin Torbjörnsson.

Klaasen is back to the scene of his most famous darting moment for the first time since 2007, having gone on to enjoy a successful decade in the PDC which saw him reach the World Championship Semi-Finals in 2016 and compete in the Premier League.

The rapid Dutchman is seeded number three having racked up an array of titles in the WDF system, including the 2022 Dutch Open, 2023 Budapest Masters and 2023 Malta Masters.

He starts out against dangerous debutant Torbjörnsson – who impressed during his straight sets win over Romania’s László Kádár with an 85.6 average.

Reigning men’s champion Neil Duff launches the defence of his title with a tricky tie against 22-year-old Dutch talent Moreno Blom.

Duff edged out Thibault Tricole 6-5 in a dramatic final last year to claim the crown, and the Northern Irishman is bidding to become only the fifth male player ever to retain a world title at Lakeside.

Blom, meanwhile, dispatched Hungary’s Gábor Takács in straight sets on his Lakeside debut with the aid of three 180s in an impressive showing.

Three-time World Seniors major winner Leonard Gates resumes his quest for more televised glory this year when he meets Londoner John Scott.

Gates registered the highest average of the opening round (92.11) as he saw off New Zealand’s Brian Corbett in straight sets and now faces an opponent effectively on a freeroll after receiving a late callup to the event following Tricole’s qualification for the PDC World Championship.

Deta Hedman begins her 13th consecutive Women’s World Championship campaign with a tie against Aletta Wajer of the Netherlands.

Hedman, 64, is a three-time runner-up at Lakeside (2012, 2014 and 2016) and twice a World Masters champion (1994 and 2013), with her incredible career spanning six decades.

Wajer marked her Lakeside debut with a routine 2-0 victory over Paula Jacklin and will be out to cause a memorable upset here.

The action gets under way from 1pm GMT, with Men’s Second Round ties to be contested over the best of five sets and Women’s Second Round ties best of three sets.

WDF World Championship 2023 Day Four Schedule

Tuesday December 5

Second Round

Afternoon session (1pm-5pm)
Alexander Merkx v Arjan Konterman
Rhian O’Sullivan v Suzanne Smith
Martyn Turner v Liam Maendl-Lawrance
Wesley Plaisier v Reece Colley

Evening session (7pm-11pm)
Jelle Klaasen v Edwin Torbjörnsson
Deta Hedman v Aletta Wajer
Neil Duff v Moreno Blom
John Scott v Leonard Gates

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