The draw for the 2016 Tokyo Masters is now complete. The reigning champion Phil Taylor will start his defence against Haruki Muramatsu, this coming Wednesday. Taylor has the toughest looking of the first round games, as Muramatsu is the most experienced Japanese player. Muramatsu has played Taylor on three occasions but lost all three. The Japanese star should be used to playing on the big stage, as he has competed in four PDC World Championships and twice at the World Cup of Darts.
Taylor will be looking to improve on his form in this year’s World Series, after disappointing results in; Dubai, Auckland and Shanghai so far. Taylor is yet to win a World Series event this year after World Champion Gary Anderson won the first two events in Dubai and Auckland and world number one Michael van Gerwen winning in Shanghai. James Wade has played well in every World Series events so far, and holds victories over; Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. Wade should be a danger again here in Tokyo, as his form over the last few months has been impressive as he looks to add to his television titles. All the PDC stars will be hoping for a good run here, as it’s the last chance to get things right before the World Matchplay in two weeks’ time. Some players could be heading to Blackpool full of confidence with a good run here, and some could be heading there wondering what has gone wrong if the fail to deliver over the next few days.
First Round Draw
Gary Anderson v Seigo Asada
Raymond van Barneveld v Keita Ono
Adrian Lewis v Tsuneki Zaha
Peter Wright v Chikara Fujimori
Michael van Gerwen v Masumi Chino
Dave Chisnall v Shintaro Inoue
James Wade v Masahiro Hiraga
Phil Taylor v Haruki Muramatsu