VideoMichael van Gerwen has won his third Premier League night. In the final, the resident of Vlijmen was too strong for James Wade 6-1. The three-time world champion thus strengthens his leading position in the prestigious television tournament.
The evening started with a windfall for Van Gerwen: his opponent in the quarterfinals, Gary Anderson, had to cancel due to a positive corona test. As a result, the Brabander was automatically in the semi-finals and with that he also received two points. ,,It’s nice that I got those two points as a gift, but as a professional I prefer to play. Everyone knows that, especially for this audience. Then playing is the best thing you can do,” said Van Gerwen afterwards.
In that semifinal, Peter Wrig, who was 6-1 too strong for Michael Smith in the quarterfinals, was the opponent. However, the Scottish world champion’s game was nothing to write home about. He was defeated by Van Gerwen 6-3. Van Gerwen came in just above 90 on his average, while his Scottish opponent threw just 86.4. The doubles also barely flew in with both darts legends. A break in the seventh leg gave Van Gerwen the lead for the first time. Then Wright completely collapsed and the resident of Vlijmen also won the last two legs with ease.
In the final, Van Gerwen regained his old-fashioned form, while James Wade barely got involved in the final battle for the second week in a row. Already in the second leg, the Dutchman broke his opponent and thus led 3-0 without many problems The Machine. The rest of the match was a one man show. The Englishman could not find his game from the semi-final, while Van Gerwen, in contrast to the semi-final, was able to find the doubles. With an average of 103.9 and a double percentage of 66.7 percent, Van Gerwen ensured that the final was over quickly. Wade averaged 93.6 and hit one of his only three doubles chances.
,,In the semi-final I was a bit irritated by a few things, but in the final I was much more relaxed,’ said Van Gerwen afterwards. ,,I know exactly how to play against James Wade. believe and make sure you beat him. If everything is right in your head, it will be fine. Winning is the best medicine and I can continue to build on this,” said the Dutchman, who is looking forward to the Premier League evening in Manchester next week : ,,Manchester is always good, with a big crowd. I want to see all the fans happy. We haven’t played in front of an audience for a long time. That was boring and now we are back and so is Michael van Gerwen.”
Before this, 32-year-old Van Gerwen was already the best in Exeter and Brighton. In Rotterdam he lost the final two weeks ago. Next Thursday, the Manchester Arena will be the setting for the tenth match night of the Premier League, which has already been won by Van Gerwen five times. He last did that in 2019.
Michael Smith – Peter Wright 6-2
Gary Anderson – Michael van Gerwen 0-6 (After Anderson retreat)
Joe Cullen – Johnny Clayton 1-6
James Wade – Gerwyn Price 6-5
Peter Wright – Michael van Gerwen 3-6
Johnny Clayton – James Wade 4-6
Michael van Gerwen – James Wade 6-1
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