Australian father of darts Ray Smith confirmed his victory in the first round of the World Championship with an even better performance to advance to the round of 16 in London.
The 42-year-old put an end to South African’s Devon Petersen hopes, beating the 28th seed 3-0 in Tuesday’s final game, to set up a meeting with Germany’s Florian Hempel.
Smith, whose teenage son Ky was knocked out in the first round on his Alexandra Palace debut, averaged 93.25 to dominate an out-of-the-ordinary Petersen.
A quick start gave Smith a boost as he closed the opening set with a three unanswered innings and he kept his cool against his most wanted opponent.
While the Brisbane marskman Smith continues to surprise after qualifying for the biggest event on the darts calendar, Tuesday’s surprise was caused by his opponent in the third round.
Hempel, in his debut in the event, surprised the Belgian Dimitri Van Den Bergh, fifth seed, 3-1.
“I met one of the best players in the world, but tonight was my game and I felt comfortable,” Hempel, who has only played for four years, told Sky Sports.
“This tournament is the biggest in the world, but I felt comfortable on stage and I love it here.”