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Van Gerwen Eases Through to Round Three

William Hill World Darts Championship

WILLIAM HILL WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
ALEXANDRA PALACE,
LONDON
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG
ROUND 2
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN V ALAN TABERN
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN  IN ACTION

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN began his bid for a third William Hill World Darts Championship title with a 3-1 win over Alan Tabern on Saturday.

Van Gerwen produced an excellent display, averaging over 102, despite an incident before the walk-on, which caused a short delay to his entrance.

Van Gerwen had to dry off and change his shirt after being soaked by a fan’s drink but it didn’t dampen his spirit as he stormed to victory.

“These things happen in life but it was difficult to deal with,” said, Van Gerwen, who praised the PDC, security, his opponent and the crowd for how the issue was dealt with – the spectator who threw the drink was removed immediately and banned from attending darts events.

“I’m glad I didn’t let it affect my performance but I would never make an excuse anyway. I think a few players could learn from me in that department. It is your responsibility how you throw the darts.

“I didn’t underestimate Alan because I know what he can produce and I will keep that attitude throughout this tournament.”

Van Gerwen will return on Saturday December 22 to take on German number one Max Hopp.


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