Ronny Huybrechts produced a stunning display of double hitting to knock out second seed Peter Wright 6-2 in the last 32 of the HappyBet German Darts Grand Prix this evening.
The Belgian hit six out of his eight attempts at doubles as he ended the world number three’s bid to win a fifth European Tour title of the season.
For Huybrechts it keeps alive his hopes of qualifying for next month’s Unibet World Grand Prix, as the world number 44 set up a third-round clash with Vincent van der Voort, who also has his eyes on snatching a Dublin spot before Monday’s cut off.
The Dutchman was a 6-5 winner in a dramatic clash with Mervyn King, averaging 101 as he hit back from 5-2 down before surviving three missed match darts from his rival in the deciding leg.
Sixth seed Daryl Gurney took out six doubles from his 10 attempts as he averaged 98 in a strong 6-1 win over former world youth champion Keegan Brown.
The recent US Darts Masters finalist now plays Ian White, who defied ton-plus finishes of 104, 105 and 156 from Jermaine Wattimena before sealing a 6-4 victory over the Dutchman with a 120 checkout this afternoon.
Third seed Mensur Suljovic – who became a father for a second time last month to daughter Ema – swept past Irish ace Mick McGowan with a 6-1 victory and now takes on 2017 shooting star Rob Cross in the last 16 tomorrow.
Cross impressed once again by averaging 104 and taking out finishes of 150, 112 and 104 among 6/8 on his doubles to defeat Jan Dekker 6-3.