SEIGO ASADA came back from 2-0 down to defeat Krzysztof Ratajski 3-2 in round one of the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship.

Japanese World Cup quarter-finalist Asada was making his second Alexandra Palace appearance and soon found himself two sets down to Polish number one Ratajski.

A winner of three ProTour events in 2018, Ratajski appeared to be cruising into the second round before Asada won the deciding leg in set three to get a foothold in the contest.

From there, the Asian Tour number two grew in confidence and took the next set 3-1 to take the match all the way.

Asada took a 2-1 lead in the fifth set, with all legs on throw before an 11-dart break of throw won the game for Asada, who will now face James Wade in round two.

Match Stats
Averages:
Ratajski - 90.2
Asada - 90.64

180s:
Ratajski - 2
Asada - 2

Highest Finish:
Ratajski - 110
Asada - 121

100+ Checkouts:
Ratajski - 2
Asada - 1

Finishing:
Ratajski - 10/35
Asada - 12/27

Seigo Asada (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)

Krzysztof Ratajski (Lawrence Lustig, PDC)