Willem Mandigers hopes to keep up current form ahead of first Lakeside quarter-final against Michael Unterbuchner

Willem Mandigers is hoping to keep up his current form when he plays in his first quarter-final in the BDO World Championship tomorrow.

The 13th seed edged out fellow Dutchman Wesley Harms, the fourth seed, 4-2 in a back and forth second-round tie at Lakeside.

Mandigers fired in a 136 checkout to take the fifth set to regain the lead at 3-2, before battling back from 2-0 down in the next set with three straight legs to advance.

“It’s a good feeling,” the 29-year-old said. “I’m happy with the win. I’ve made it to the second round twice and to make it through the second round, I’m happy.

“(The 136) was a good checkout. To go 3-2 up, you are relaxing as you don’t have to win the next set to win it.

“I focused my game to get three legs in a row and held my nerves to finish the final double.”

Mandigers put more than 10 points on his average from the first-round win against Paul Hogan to yesterday’s victory against Harms, and will next face Germany’s Unterbuchner in the quarter-finals.

“I’m playing really well at the moment,” he said. “If I can keep this form still when I play on Friday, we shall see.

“The form is good. The scoring from the first game is a lot better and the finishing was the same, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Listen to the full interview with Willem via the player below

Picture: Evert Zomer

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