Krzysztof Ratajski, Niels Zonneveld and Nathan Aspinall are the next players through to the second round at the European Darts Grand Prix with victories over Robert Owen, Michael Hurtz and Kim Viljanen respectively.

Ratajski reeled off four straight legs to come from 4-2 down to defeat Robert Owen who was making his return to the European Tour.

He ended up winning 6-4 against ‘Stack Attack’ with a 94 average and 35 percent on the doubles in a close victory.

Zonneveld saw off Host Nation Qualifier, Michael Hurtz in a 6-4 win in a tie that wasn’t as high quality with both players averaging around the mid 70’s mark.

The Dutch debutant went 3-1 up with a 103 finish and his opponent seemed beaten but he pulled it back to 3-3. It then went to 5-4 but Zonneveld pulled away to 6-4 to claim the victory.

Aspinall finally completed a 6-1 rout over Kim Viljanen with a 103 average to continue his good form as of late.

His highest checkout of the match was a 115 and he ended up with 42 percent on his doubles which equates to 6/14 on his doubling attempts.

He will have a tougher test though in the second round in the form of Max Hopp where he will battling both the in-form German ace and the crowd in Sindelfingen.

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Schedule of Play
Friday May 10

First Round
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)    
Pero Ljubic (84) 3-6 (92.3) Ross Smith
Matthew Edgar (83.63) 3-6 (95.94) James Richardson
Robert Owen (91.22) 4-6 (94.69) Krzysztof Ratajski
Niels Zonneveld (79.15) 6-4 (78.15) Michael Hurtz
Kim Viljanen (82.09) 1-6 (102.97) Nathan Aspinall
Mark McGeeney v Josh Payne
Brendan Dolan v Michael Rosenauer
Michael Rasztovits v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Pieter Verbeek/PV-Darts

Photo: Pieter Verbeek/PV-Darts

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Author: Samuel Gill