Teenager Hopp stuns King

Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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German teenager Max Hopp produced a major shock at the PDC World Championship by beating 10th seed Mervyn King 3-2.

King was suffering from a back problem which required three painkilling injections pre-match and was visibly in pain throughout the match.

But for Hopp it was a stunning emergence on the big stage, having won only a preliminary match on his previous visits to Alexandra Palace, and was well deserved.

The teenager took the first leg against the throw but King recovered to win the opening set with a ‘Shanghai’ 120 finish.

King was clearly in pain but hit finishes of 108 and 106 at crucial times to keep him in the third and fourth sets and was a whisker away from a 170 in the fifth.

A crucial double eight at a partially-blocked bed kept him in it at 3-3 in the decider but Hopp hit a stunning 161, finishing on the bull, to win 5-3.

Hopp told Sky Sports: “I never expected to win because Mervyn is really, really brilliant in all the tournaments. I think that was my best game.

“I just got the feeling in myself, the 161 – they can go. It went in and I’m so happy, I can’t explain it.”

The 18-year-old will next play Holland’s Vincent van der Voort, who battled past John Henderson 4-2 in the fifth and final set.

The 23rd seed was struggling badly and showing his frustration but knocked off a 157 checkout to save the match when down 2-1 in the deciding set with his opponent needing only 80.

He missed five darts for the match but, with Henderson well adrift, finally hit a double four to finish the job.

Van der Voort said: “I never felt comfortable for one minute but I was fighting all the way. I played rubbish but I’m in the next round.”

Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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