PDC World Darts: Michael van Gerwen wins in first round
PDC World Championship
- Alexandra Palace, London
- Friday 14 December 2012 - Tuesday 1 January 2013
- Reports on BBC Sport website with live text commentary of the final
Dutchman Michael van Gerwen has beaten Singapore's Paul Lim 3-0 in the first round of the PDC Darts World Championships.
Van Gerwen is one of the favourites for the tournament after his World Grand Prix win in October.
He said: "I'm not overly impressed with my performance but I won in straight sets, so that's a good feeling."
Fellow Dutchman Vincent van der Voort beat debutant Stuart Kellett, while Scott Rand got past Kim Huybrechts.
Van Gerwen was given a tough test by Lim, who had defeated Mohd Latif Sapup in the preliminary round earlier in the night.
The Dutchman will now face Peter Wright in the second round.
37-year-old Van der Voort, a quarter-finalist in 2010, raced to a 2-0 lead against Manchester's Kellett.
The English debutant produced an 11-darter in the third leg, but 19th-seed Van der Voort was able to close out the match 3-0.
Rand came from a set down to claim a 3-2 victory against Belgian Huybrechts.
In the first match of the evening, Mark Walsh beat Darren Webster 3-1.