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Taylor storms into PDC semis as Wade exits

Phil Taylor remains on course for his 15th world title after sweeping aside his former protege Adrian Lewis in the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championships.

Lewis had some encouraging moments in the opening stages, but Taylor found his rhythm and never let up as he steamed to a 5-0 victory.

Lewis was being swept aside as Taylor won leg after leg to race to a 4-0 lead.

Lewis managed to win the first leg of the fifth set, but Taylor quickly levelled matters.

In a tense third leg, Taylor hit a maximum but Lewis immediately hit back with one of his own and went on to take a 2-1 lead.

Taylor tied it at 2-2 and Lewis began to look likea defeated man.

He nevertheless managed a maximum but Taylor did not break sweat as he responded with a 100 and then a 180 before finishing on double eight.

"There was a lot of pressure on Adrian to be fair," Taylor said. "It's OK getting past the first and second rounds but then you've to perform.

"But you start to play your proper darts now and that's what I did. He was fantastic, but I just didn't give him a chance really. I was focused, I wasn't nervous. I was a bit excited about the game. I'm here to win the world championships."

Elsewhere, Simon Whitlock had been the star of the earlier matches as he knocked out third seed James Wade 5-3 in an outstanding battle.

The Australian hit 15 maximums and recorded an average of 105.37 as he saw off the challenge of Wade.

Whitlock took a 3-1 lead, then watched Wade come back to level the match at 3-3, before recovering his composure and finishing the job.

Raymond van Barneveld cruised through with a 5-0 thrashing of Robbie Baxter.

In his third straight-sets victory of this tournament, Van Barneveld did not drop a leg in either of the opening two sets in a solid performance.

Mark Webster went through with a 5-3 win over Co Stompe.

Webster raced into a 4-0 lead before Stompe scaredthe Welshman by responding with three straight of his own, but Webster then ended it.


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