Gerwyn Price started his bid for the World Grand Prix title at Leicester by sweeping aside Germany’s Martin Schindler 2-0 in the first round.
Former world champion Price lost just one leg in an impressive performance that included a 101 finish en route to a 3-0 win in the second set after winning the opener 3-1.
The Welshman averaged 86.9 and despite only hitting one maximum, he threw over 140 nine times and over 100 ten times.
Nathan Aspinall, meanwhile, advanced to the second round after beating Michael Smith 2-1.
Smith rebounded after losing the first set 3-1 to win the second with the help of a 101 checkout 3-2, but Aspinall sped away with the deciding set to win 3-0.
Two-time champion James Wade was ousted in a thrilling decider, losing 2-1 to debutant Martin Lukeman.
London’s Lukeman raced to a 3-0 win in the opening set before being dropped 1-1 and Wade hit an excellent 121 finish to level it to 2-2 in the decider.
But Lukeman kept his nerve to land the biggest shock of the tournament so far and the most significant win of his career.
Former champion Daryl Gurney began his bid for another World Grand Prix title with a 2-1 win over Rob Cross.
Joe Cullen upset Australia’s world champion Damon Heta 2-1 after being whitewashed in the second set and Dutchman Danny Noppert proved too strong for Germany’s Gabriel Clemens, who only managed two sets in his 2-0 win lost.
Coming off a set down, Ross Smith hit an 11-dart finish in the decider en route to a 2-1 win over Andrew Gilding.
Latvian World Grand Prix debutant Madars Razma sealed his place in the second round after defeating former quarterfinalist Ryan Searle 2-1.
Razma won the first set 3-1 before wasting in the second match dart on double 18 which Searle stole 3-2 to even the match.
But Razma bounced back in the deciding set and capped his win with an excellent 108 finish.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/gerwyn-price-james-wade-daryl-gurney-leicester-michael-smith-b2195727.html Gerwyn Price opens World Grand Prix bid by beating Martin Schindler