Van Gerwen beat Lithuanian outsider Darius Labanauskas 5-2 on Sunday evening and now faces up-and-coming Englishman Nathan Aspinall on Monday (from 8pm / Sport1 and DAZN). Labanauskas was the surprise man of the tournament and beat Germany’s number one Max Hopp in round three with 4: 2.
Ex-rugby professional Gerwyn Price (34 / Wales) also mastered his quarter-final hurdle confidently. He beat English BDO world champion Glen Durrant (49) clearly with a strong performance 5: 1. This means that the dream final between van Gerwen and Price, who will meet Peter Wright (49 / Scotland) in the semifinals, is still possible.
After the semi-finals on Monday (best-of-11 sets), the final will take place in the “Ally Pally” on New Year’s Day (9pm).