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Ian White has been dubbed the 'unluckiest player ever' after squandering a match dart to beat Gary Anderson.
White dominated the opening exchanges and raced into a 3-0 sets lead against the former two-time world champion.
But the game turned in the sixth set after Anderson had pulled the score back to 3-2.
In a race to four sets, White took a commanding lead in the fourth leg to put himself on the brink of victory.
Needing to checkout 79 for victory, 'Diamond' hit a single 19 and a single 20 to leave himself on double tops for the match.
With one dart in hand and Anderson sitting on 42, White could ill-afford to squander such a golden chance.
But squander it he did, putting his effort agonisingly wide of double top and into the adjacent double five.
Realising what he had done and how close he had come to victory, White put his head in his hands and let out a huge sigh.
Anderson needed no second invitation and duly took out 42 with the same double top his opponent had just missed to force a deciding leg, which he then won to take the game to a final set decider.
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A deflated White won the first leg of the next set but could do nothing as Anderson then reeled off three straight legs to book his place in the last-16 at Ally Pally.
Darts fans on social media couldn't believe the 51-year-old's luck – or lack thereof – and took to Twitter to vent their frustration at his agonising defeat.
One person said: "Well played Gary Anderson. Unlucky Ian white probably deserved to win . Mind you I thought the sky darts team were awful about him banging on about put pressure on him and he’ll wilt."
Someone else added: "It’s a term I hate in sport because it’s so unfairly overused but Ian White bottled that just as he so often does on TV."
A third Twitter user laid bare the cost of White's missing, saying: "Ian White lost at least 10,000 pounds for 0.2 inches #PDC."
Another viewer chimed in with: "F****** sick for Ian White unluckiest player ever."
Anderson will now face 2018 world champion Rob Cross in the last-16.
- Gerwyn Price
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