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Gary Anderson on top as Luke Littler makes early exit in Players Championship

Gary Anderson put on a brilliant display to win the second Players Championship event at Wigan, while teenage sensation Luke Littler made a second round exit.

Former world champion Gary Anderson won the title on Tuesday with an 8-5 win over Ryan Searle, the same player whom Littler had beaten in the final on Monday.

Anderson was on blistering form, recording a career-high 117.12 average in his first round win over Andy Baetens and missing double 12 for a nine-darter on three occasions during the day.

“Yesterday I felt like a kid at a new school, I was nervous but today I felt more settled and it showed in my performances,” Anderson told PDC.tv.

“It’s been a long day and I’m happy to come out on top against a great player in Ryan.”

Littler, who had hit a nine-dart finish on his way to winning the title on Monday, was pipped 6-5 by Radek Szaganski.

The teenage sensation had looked set to launch back-to-back assaults on the final stages after opening with an impressive 6-4 win over experienced former UK Open winner Danny Noppert.

However, Szaganski had other plans and edged out Littler in a thriller, which went down to a deciding leg and the Pole held his nerve to edge out The Nuke.

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