PDC World Championship: Adrian Lewis battles into second round

Adrian Lewis

Defending champion Adrian Lewis survived a first-round scare for the second year running at the PDC World Championship at the Alexandra Palace.

Lewis, who had to recover from 2-0 down against Nigel Haydon at the same stage last year, lost the first set to Gino Vos before recovering to win 3-1.

"The first round is probably the hardest one," said Lewis.

Meanwhile, Robert Thornton, Paul Nicholson and Kevin Painter all booked spots in the second round.

All three men earned 3-0 whitewashes, with Painter defeating Hong Kong's Chun Nam Leung.

Thornton and Nicholson will now meet in the last 32 after wins over Magnus Caris and Co Stompe respectively.

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