Green v Harms: Seeded duo to go all the way
Whilst on the face of it, these men were the seeded players in their first round ties, they weren’t necessarily favourites for their games and both performed well to negotiate tricky opponents.
Robbie Green was first to the oche against two-time semi-finalist Darryl Fitton who is always capable of an upset, but was firmly put in his place by the number four seed with a fairly comfortable 3-1 win.
The Dazzler wasn’t really firing and his average in the low 80s was never going to get him into the second round, but with Green up at 87.4, he looks ready to compete in the latter stages of the tournament.
Wesley Harms, who didn’t reach the relative heights of Green’s three-dart average, was equally impressive as he triumphed over the vastly experienced Martin Phillips.
The Welshman was a strong favourite to progress but was blown away by the 27-year-old Dutch debutant who won six of the opening seven legs and looked to be the one who handled the pressure of the big stage the better, despite his dearth in experience.
The two have never met on the circuit in the past, but again the bookies are backing the man who has seen and done a lot more on the tour, in Robbie Green. He’s a former Masters finalist and UK Open quarter-finalist over in the PDC, compared to Harms’ complete novice status in majors, but the Dutchman obviously faced a similar situation in his first match.
Harms is in the form of his life, and he does not look like a man who is likely to be blown away by anyone, so even if he does exit the tournament at the second round stage, I would expect him to go out in a close contest, so I fancy there to be over 5.5 sets in the race to four.
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