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Smith vs White

BoyleSports World Grand Prix (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Ian White won through to his first World Grand Prix quarter-final since 2015 with a 3-1 win over Michael Smith, who continued his record of failing to win past the last 16 in Dublin.

White led 2-1 early on, only to miss his chance to close out the set as Smith capitalised on two missed doubles with a 14-darter before winning the deciding leg on double ten.

White, though, opened set two with a 12-darter to spark a run of seven successive legs as he moved into a 2-1 lead in the game and also took the advantage in set four.

Smith hit back to win two of the next three as he saved the set, but the fightback was brief as tops sealed White’s spot in the last eight.

«I’m delighted to win but it was hard work,» said White. «Michael’s my practice partner and a close friend so it’s hard playing someone you know so well.

«I thought I could have won the first set, but I kept myself focused and not many players win seven legs in a row against Michael Smith.

«I wanted to get towards the latter stages to give myself a chance and I’m glad I’m still going. It’s coming up to the end of the year so every major tournament is big and I want to prove to everyone that I can play up there.»