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Michael Smith got his title defence up and running at the PDC World Darts Championship – but he was pushed all the way by Kevin Doets as the tournament began at Alexandra Palace.
Doets, the world No 66, had overcome Stowe Buntz 3-0 in Friday’s opening match and looked a dangerous opponent for Smith. The world No 1 began by breaking his opponent’s throw to take the first set 3-1 – but Doets hit back to level in the second.
Written by Guardian sport
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