MICHAEL VAN GERWEN eased through the group stage at the Grand Slam of Darts with three wins out of three.
The defending champion claimed victories against Martin Adams, Brendan Dolan and Max Hopp to take maximum points from Group A.
And the Dutchman believes that he will improve as the tournament progresses.
“The groups are very difficult so I’m very happy to get through,” said van Gerwen, the world number one.
“It is a very short and dangerous format but I did I good job and now we go to longer matches that suit me a lot better.
“Now I need to up my game and keep my focus. I really want to defend this title and I’m looking forward to the next challenge on Wednesday.”
van Gerwen’s next opponent will be confirmed by the end of the group stage.
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