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PDC World Darts Championships: A round-up of week one at Alexandra Palace

Phil Taylor in action during day one of the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandria Palace. Phil Taylor in action during day one of the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandria Palace.

Friday, December 20, 2013
10:24 AM

The PDC bandwagon rolled into Alexandra Palace last Friday for the 2014 World Darts Championships - and the 16-time and current world champion Phil Taylor came through his first-round game against New Zealander Rob Szabo on the opening night.

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Taylor won his first game of the tournament 3-1 but didn’t have it all his own way as he looks to lift his 17th world title after losing the first set.

Although ‘The Power’ got off to a shaky start to the Championships, he fired a warning to any challengers for his crown that he means business – and he has had a full week off to prepare for tonight’s second-round match against Michael Smith.

“If I can get through this [the first round] I can get through anything,” Taylor said. “The first round is always nervous - especially against someone you don’t really know.

“But the second round is different, I will be more relaxed and it’s a longer match. It’s a proper game of darts.”

Since beating Michael van Gerwen on New Years Day at the start of this year, Taylor has gone on to win a further five tournaments including, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam, Championship League and the UK Open.

Joining Taylor in the second round are former world champions John Part, Raymond van Barneveld and Adrain Lewis, while the 2010 finalist Simon Whitlock and last year’s runner- up Van Gerwen also progressed to the second week of the tournament.

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