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Van Gerwen Breezes Past Bunting

2017 BetVictor World Matchplay Darts Round One – Michael van Gerwen 10-4 Stephen Bunting

Michael van Gerwen 2017 World Matchplay Darts

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN coasted through to the second round of the World Matchplay as he began his title defence in Blackpool with a comfortable win against Stephen Bunting.

The world number one, who is looking to make it three triumphs in a row at the Winter Gardens, won the first seven legs of his 10-4 success as he set up a last 16 clash with Australia’s Simon Whitlock.

“It was a bit too easy,” admitted Van Gerwen, who sealed the victory with a brilliant 160 checkout.

“Stephen wasn’t confident and didn’t really play his game to be fair; he missed doubles and I played alright in the first two sessions.

“After that I was a bit sloppy but I still won the game and I did the right things at the right moment. I can look forward to the next round against Simon Whitlock now and I’m sure I’m going to play better.

“Simon’s playing well and had a couple of great wins earlier in the year with a couple of ProTour wins, but I’m the favourite and I hope I can also do the business.

“You need to grow in the tournament and my first round is out of the way now.”

Van Gerwen faces Whitlock on Wednesday.