Michael van Gerwen qualified for Adrian Lewis on Sunday for the second round of the Grand Slam of Darts. Earlier in the day in Wolverhampton, Wesley Harms lost to Steve Lennon.
Van Gerwen, who is still struggling with a cold, moderately started the game against Lewis. The 34-year-old Englishman, world champion in 2011 and 2012, broke the 30-year-old Dutchman and took a 2-0 lead. Through five legs in a row, Van Gerwen triumphed convincingly with 5-2.
On Saturday, Van Gerwen won the first match in Group A against the Welshman Jim Williams. The reigning world champion and number one in the world at the PDC will play his third and final group match on Tuesday, but is already certain of a place in the next round. The Englishman Ross Smith is then the opponent.
In group B, Harms, who is the number one in the world at the BDO, lost 5-4 to the Irishman Lennon, but the North Hollander can still continue.
Danny Noppert in Group F was way too strong for Wayne Warren with 5-1. It was the first victory of the Frisian in Wolverhampton, who also had to win the third group match to advance to the second round.
In group G, Richard Veenstra fell 5-1 against Brandan Dolan. The BDO darter is therefore eliminated, but he still has to play a match.
Van Barneveld does not participate
The Grand Slam of Darts started on Saturday and lasts until Sunday 17 November. The tournament was won by the Welshman Gerwyn Price last year. Van Gerwen then lost Gary Anderson in the semi-finals of the Scot.
The winners and the losing finalists of the PDC and BDO television tournaments participate in the Grand Slam of Darts. The winners of the PDC Euro Tour tournaments also received a ticket. Raymond van Barneveld, who is saying goodbye at the World Cup in London next month, will not participate in Wolverhampton.
It is the first time that both men and women are taking part in the Grand Slam of Darts. The Japanese Mikuru Suzuki, world champion at the BDO, and the English Lisa Ashton are the only two female participants.