Mark Webster made Adrian Lewis the latest big-name casualty in this year’s World Grand Prix with a straight sets victory over the double World Champion in Dublin on Tuesday.
Webster, who had already defeated Premier League star Stephen Bunting, moved into the quarter-finals with a convincing display as Lewis joined the likes of Phil Taylor, James Wade, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall who have all missed out on last eight spots after early defeats.
The Welsh left-hander signalled his intentions, winning the first set comfortably (3-0) before a 104 finish helped him take the second by three legs to one.
Lewis was to win only two legs in the match as Webster took the third set on tops (3-1) to seal his first major quarter-final place for 18 months.
“It was a solid performance and it’s great to be in the quarter-finals,” said Webster. “Adrian wasn’t at the races but I was there to take my chances and I did the job.
“I’ve shown before that I can beat these big players if they don’t perform, and I’m in the quarter-finals now and enjoying it.
“I’ve got Jelle Klaasen next and it’s going to be tough but I’ve got the game to beat him, and I’ve got nothing to lose. He’ll start as the favourite and I’m happy being the underdog, so I’ve got to pile on the pressure and make him think.”