PDC World Championship: Michael van Gerwen starts defence with win

Michael van Gerwen
Michael van Gerwen is the current world number one
2018 PDC World Championship
Date: 14 December 2017-1 January 2018 Venue: Alexandra Palace, London
BBC coverage: Daily reports on the BBC Sport website and app, plus live text commentary of the final on 1 January

Michael van Gerwen began his PDC World Championship defence with a comfortable victory over Christian Kist at Alexandra Palace.

The 28-year-old world number one beat fellow Dutchman Kist 3-1 on the first day of the Championship.

Van Gerwen, who beat Gary Anderson in last year's final, averaged 107.4 against Kist.

The two-time champion faces England's James Wilson in the second round, who earlier beat Krzysztof Ratajski 3-1.

"A great game like this to start off a tournament is always nice for your confidence," Van Gerwen told Sky Sports.

Elsewhere, Steve Beaton beat William O'Connor 3-1, and Gerwyn Price beat Ted Evetts 3-0.

2018 PDC World Championship draw

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