GARY Anderson was made to work hard to win his first round match in the Lanbrokes World Championships at the Alexandra Palace in London on Sunday.
The Scot finally overcame qualifier Jani Haavisto from Finland 3-1, but with three of the sets going to a deciding leg at 3-2 it was far from easy.
“I started great and felt really good in winning the first set 3-0, but Jani was superb out there and it became very tough,” said a relieved Anderson.
“I never find it easy in opening round games and I had a very tough one against Jyhan Artut last year, so it shows how good everyone is in this tournament.
“I’ve really struggled this year and it would great to end it by becoming World Champion, but there’s a long way to go before I start thinking about that.”
Anderson, a finalist two years ago, hit five 180s and finished with a 98.8 average.
He now goes on to play his second round tie on Friday night (december 21), but at the time of writing his opponent is not yet known.
Anderson says 2012 has been a difficult year.
“In the last year, I’ve lost my brother and my dad so darts over the last 12 months has really just taken a back stand to be honest. Family always comes first.
“I have also had a problem with my right eye. My vision was blurred for a while and I was taking drops.It’s OK at the moment but it could come back at any time so I just have to be aware of that as well.”