Michael van Gerwen completed an incredible demolition job on Kim Huybrechts to reach the semi-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts on Saturday evening.
The world number one exacted revenge for last year’s quarter-final defeat at the hands of his Belgian opponent in scintillating style.
The Dutchman averaged 111 in a brilliant 16-4 triumph that took only half an hour to complete.“I’m over the moon with how I player – the only thing missing was a nine-darter,” said van Gerwen, who is on course to continue his sensational record of reaching every major final since the World Championships.
“I was hurt by my defeat to Kim here last year and I wanted to put that right. I’m on the way to doing that but I will only be completely happy when I win the tournament.”
van Gerwen kicked off with back to back checkouts of 135 and 112 before following two 180s with an 84 finish to race into a 3-0 lead.
Huybrechts then capitalised on two missed darts at doubles by taking out 141 but ‘Mighty Mike’ replied with his fourth 180 and an 81 finish to lead 4-1.
Huybrechts pulled a leg back but van Gerwen won the next four to move 8-2 ahead.
He added the next five legs to make it nine on the spin, narrowly missing the eight dart for a perfect leg in the process and hitting a third ton-plus finish – this time a 127.
He hit a 10th maximum as he won three of the next four legs before completing a magnificent victory with an 82 finish.
van Gerwen will take on Michael Smith on Sunday afternoon for a place in the final, which takes place on Sunday evening.