Wade looking good as he easily beats Klaasen to reach last 16 at Ally Pally
James Wade was at his ruthless best as he hammered Jelle Klaasen to reach the last 16 of the ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship.
Wade lit up the final session of the tournament before Christmas with a 4-0 win over his opponent, including three 180s.
Klaasen was hardly in the match as Wade steamrollered him without hesitation to win 3-0 3-1 3-2 3-1.
Looking good: James Wade throws in his match against Jelle Klaasen
Wade briefly allowed the Dutchman a glimmer of hope in the third set but when it went to 2-2, it was the world number three who triumphed.
Wade was buoyant after the match and vowed to end his World Championship duck, if not this year, then later.
“I forgot how enjoyable darts can be,” he told Sky Sports. “I haven”t been playing well enough to enjoy it, but I proved I was good enough and I won the match.
“I never seem to do enough at the worlds, but we”ll see. I will win it. I”m not saying this year, or next year, but I will win it eventually.”
Kevin Painter also progressed from the second round after getting the better of an epic 4-3 match against Mark Walsh.
Celebrations: Kevin Painter won his second round match against Mark Walsh
Both men had their moments in the match, but part of the reason for the longevity of the encounter was a lack of cutting edge from each competitor.
Painter raced into a 3-1 lead and looked to be easing to the win when he was presented with double top for the match. He missed and then saw Walsh hit the same target to make it 3-2.
The following set saw both men botch a host of finishes but Walsh hit form first to take the clash to a deciding seventh set.
Painter dominated that, taking all three legs to continue his interest in the event.