MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed a straight sets victory over World Grand Prix debutant James Wilson on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the double-start tournament in Dublin.
World number one van Gerwen, who has won the prestigious event twice before, remains on course for a third title after another dominant display.
The Dutch ace responded to an opening leg blow – which saw his Yorkshire opponent take out 156 – by reeling off six straight legs to take control of the match.
van Gerwen then came from two legs behind in the third set to seal victory.
“I think I did really well and I’m happy with my performance,” said van Gerwen, who will take on Simon Whitlock in Thursday night’s quarter-finals. “I fell asleep a little bit in the last set but I did the right things at the right time.
“It’s a performance I can build on for the next round, but I’m playing well and feeling good. Simon’s a good player but I need to look to myself and make sure I do the right things at the right moments.”
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) October 5, 2016