The top six seeds for the Danish Darts Open all feature in the Saturday evening session.
One player will make PDC European Tour history by becoming the first Danish Darts Open champion. Most of the favourites kick off their quest for glory in the second half of the second round. Mervyn King isn’t necessarily one of them, but the King should never be underestimated. He takes on Germany’s darting prince, Max Hopp, who already has a PDC European Tour title under his belt.
Ryan Joyce’s reward for an excellent first round win over Krzysztof Ratajski is a meeting with German Darts Masters champion Mensur Suljovic. Barry Lynn, fresh off the back of his first ever European Tour win, meets third seed Peter Wright.
Those matches are followed by arguably the tie of the round. Michael Smith, as second seed, might have anticipated less of a challenging second round opponent than two-time world champion Adrian Lewis. Rob Cross might also have a tough job on his hands. Voltage meets an in-form Steve Beaton, who averaged 100 yesterday in an impressive win.
Daryl Gurney kicks off against Friday comeback king Ricky Evans, before the world number one takes to the Copenhagen stage. Michael van Gerwen will have the goal of adding the Danish Darts Open to his glittering array of titles. First, he needs to overcome a familiar name, if not a familiar European Tour foe. Scott Taylor, a Players Championship semi-finalist earlier this season, is Mighty Mike’s first hurdle to leap.
In the final tie of the evening, it’s another all-British affair as Ian White meets fellow Englishman Steve West. All eight games will be shown live on PDC TV, with King versus Hopp expected to begin at 6.15pm BST.
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Evening session schedule
Mervyn King v Max Hopp
Mensur Suljovic v Ryan Joyce
Peter Wright v Barry Lynn
Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis
Rob Cross v Steve Beaton
Daryl Gurney v Ricky Evans
Michael van Gerwen v Scott Taylor
Ian White v Steve West
Author: Ed McCosh