The draw for the 2018/19 PDC World Championship has been completed and a few big names will clash in either the first or second round. Robert Rees has a full and comprehensive draw below.
The pick of the draw
The seeded players enter in round two and their seeding is indicated in the bracket.
(1)Michael Van Gerwen V Alan Tabern/Raymond Smith
(32) Max Hopp V Danny Noppert/Royden Lam
(17) Raymond Van Barneveld V Matthew Edgar/Darius Labanauskas
(8) Simon Whitlock V Ryan Joyce/Anastasia Dobromyslova
(21) Kim Huybrechts V Robert Thornton/Daniel Larsson
(29) Jermaine Wattimena V Michael Barnard/Jose De Sousa
(2) Rob Cross V Jeffrey De Zwaan/Nitin Kumar
(31) Cristo Reyes V Ricky Evans/Rowby-John Rodriguez
(15) Jonny Clayton V Dimitri Van Den Bergh/Chuck Puleo
(7) Mensur Suljovic V Ryan Searle/Stephen Burton
(6) Gerwyn Price V Nathan Aspinall/Geert Nentjies
(19) Mervyn King V Jan Dekker/Lisa Ashton
Read up on the full draw here.
Dutch powerhouses face tricky early rounds
The world number one Van Gerwen will face a tricky tie of either Alan Tabern or Raymond Smith, who was at the recent Grand Slam of darts. You’d expect the ‘Mighty’ Dutchman to cruise through, but the match-up does pose somewhat of a threat in his bid to regain his crown.
In what will be his penultimate World Championship, Raymond Van Barneveld could face Matthew Edgar who recently lost to Van Gerwen at the Players Championship or Darius Labanauskas who lost in last year’s Lakeside semi-final.
Women lead the way with eye opening match-ups
Raymond van Barneveld announces plans to retire following the 2019/20 World Darts Championship.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) 19 November 2018
The women’s UK qualifier Lisa Ashton will face Jan Dekker for the right to play against Mervyn King who has plenty of experience on the big stage. Both Ashton and Dekker have graced the BDO scene in recent years and will be looking forward to pitting their skills against one another.
The rest of the world women’s qualifier Anastasia Dobromyslova will lock up with ”Relentless” Ryan Joyce who has started to make a name for himself this year on the tour. It should be a fiery contest with both players possessing good form and experience of high pressure matches.
Ones to watch out for
Ryan Searle has looked impressive on the tour this year reaching the latter stages of several non-ranking events and this follows a Champion of Champions win in Cardiff in a field of 256. He has knocked off the likes of |Gary Anderson this year and look for him to cause an upset or two.
Ted Evetts. The young man looked thoroughly composed throughout the entirety of last year where he made his debut at the worlds. Despite a slightly trickier year he’s one to look out for in the future being so young and showing so much talent.
Michael Barnard. Despite a tough opening round the 42 year old Englishman topped the challenge tour totting up over £11,000 in winnings along the way. Despite coming through at an older age he’s certainly no slouch.
Stephen Burton. Following an epic match win MVG at the Players Championships in Minehead the young man proved he could handle it with the best as he knocked out several seeded players in Wattimena and D. Webster along the way.
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Here’s the full 2018/2019 @WilliamHill World Darts Championship draw.
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) 26 November 2018