James Wade won through to the second round of the Ladbrokes World Championship by completing a comfortable straight sets victory over Peter Hudson on Monday evening.
The seven-time PDC major winner dropped just two legs en route to the triumph, as he set up a last 32 encounter with either Steve Beaton or Kyle Anderson.
Wade, who reached the semi-finals at the Alexandra Palace last year, insisted that he can go all the way in 2013.
“I didn’t play my best but I beat a good player and I’m pleased to be through,” said the 2012 World Matchplay finalist.
“I’m a good dart player and I believe I can win this tournament. I’ve practised so hard for it and I can play a lot better than I did tonight.
“This is a step in the right direction.”
Wade bedded double two to take the first leg before starting the second with a 180, but Hudson managed to draw level.
‘The Machine’ took out a classy 102 finish to edge back ahead and his second 180 helped him break his opponent’s throw and seal the first set.
Hudson took the first leg of set two before Wade took out 76 to square up.
The world number three slotted in his third 180 in the following leg, which he won on double ten.
Wade then pinned double 16 to take a two set lead.
A brilliant 174, followed by a 91 checkout gave ‘The Machine’ the lead in the third set.
He pegged double five to move within a leg of victory and he wasted no time in finishing the job, hitting another maximum before cleaning up 56 to seal his spot in the second round.
Wade will be back in action on Sunday December 23.
By Chris Murphy
Image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig/PDC