Krzysztof Ratajski, Ricardo Pietreczko and Luke Woodhouse have all guaranteed their return tomorrow at the Austrian Darts Open in Graz thanks to victories over Owen Roelofs, Cameron Menzies and Marcus Haider.
Owen Roelofs making his Euro Tour debut was taking on the recent winner on the Pro Tour, Krzysztof Ratajski. Roelofs certainly played well with an average of 92.19, which was only a fraction lower than Ratajski's average (92.95), but nevertheless lost 6-2.
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Next up, the fourth match of the afternoon session, Cameron Menzies was taking on the German Ricardo Pietreczko who was taking part in his first European Tour event outside his native homeland.
In a high-quality affair, Pikachu defied three maximums and a 98.57 average from the ever-entertaining Menzies to seal a 6-4 win and a spot in round two.
In the fifth match of the session, Luke Woodhouse was up against the host nation qualifier, Marcus Haider. Struggling through the pain and awkwardness of a limp, Woodhouse prevailed in what was a poor quality match up truth be told.
With both players averaging in the 70s for the majority of the matchup it was perhaps the big-stage experience that proved key for Woodhouse as he won 6-3.