sport“>In recent weeks an upward trend has already been visible at Van Gerwen. For example, he did himself short at the Grand Slam of Darts last week. There, the 31-year-old inhabitant of Vlijmen lost unnecessarily to Simon Whitlock in the quarter-finals, partly because he killed eight competition arrows. Van Gerwen was very sick of that defeat, but has recovered in a sublime way in Coventry in recent days.
Very strong finishes Van Gerwen
sport“>Via victories over Darius Labanauskas, Jonny Clayton, Jeffrey de Zwaan, Dirk van Duijvenbode and Gerwyn Price, he reported late in the final battle on Sunday evening. Van Gerwen trailed 1-3 against King, but then he put things in order. Scoring he was many times better than the experienced Briton. The difference was about fifteen points per three arrows after ten legs (105 for 90). That resulted in a 6-4 score in favor of Van Gerwen, who hurt King a lot with finishes of 146 and 160.
sport“>Van Gerwen continued to finish extremely strong in the future, as witnessed by the 120 he brushed away with three arrows to take a 7-5 lead. Still, the number one in the world found it difficult to shake off his opponent, so that after fourteen legs there was just 7-7 on the scoreboard. Still, Van Gerwen entered the final break with a minimal lead (8-7). In the last session, Van Gerwen immediately took King’s turn thanks to a 135 finish. But King immediately replied with a re-break through a 126 finish.
Michael van Gerwen
Discharge at Van Gerwen
sport“>So it remained breathtakingly exciting until the last arrows in the empty Ricoh Arena on Sunday evening. Van Gerwen eventually kept a cool head in the all-deciding 21st leg. Van Gerwen narrowly took the victory 11-10 in legs. The final average of 104.98 was as usual. Afterwards, the discharge was great at Van Gerwen, something that visibly bothered King. The latter could be stolen by the Dutch. With tears of happiness in his eyes, he accepted the cup.
Impressive performance Van Gerwen
sport“>Van Gerwen hit his best level earlier on Sunday afternoon. In the match with Van Duijvenbode he scored an average of 110.01 and with that he put his fellow countryman aside in a high-quality match with 10-6 in legs. His final finish of 148 was already telling then.
Michael van Gerwen defeated his fellow countryman Dirk van Duijvenbode in the quarterfinals.
sport“>In the semi-finals an exciting battle with Price took place in the Ricoh Arena. His rival from Wales seemed just as close to victory, but the world‘s number 3 missed two chances to make a three-leg difference with an 8-6 lead. This way Van Gerwen stayed in the game. In the decisive phase, the triple world champion from Vlijmen then took control. He knew the triples again easier to find and was sharp at the finish. With four consecutive legs he won the important victory. His final average was 98.52.
Grand Prize of £ 100,000
sport“>In the final battle, Van Gerwen never let the top prize of 100,000 British pounds slip from his hands. After the UK Open win in March of this year, he took the second major title of 2020. In total he has already won 44 (!). In any case, Van Gerwen can confidently work towards the upcoming World Cup darts, which starts on December 15 in London. He hopes to add his fourth world title to this.