Van Gerwen Gunning for Grand Slam Glory

Dominant Dutchman Wants to Extend His Reign in Wolverhampton

Michael Van Gerwen 2018, Auckland Darts Masters (PDC)

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN intends to extend and incredible run at the bwin Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton, where he is bidding to win a fourth consecutive title next week.

The world number one is undefeated in the £450,000 tournament since 2015 after a run of 21 successive match victories.

Van Gerwen is determined to bounce back from disappointing exits at the recent European Championship and World Series of Darts Finals by continuing his dominance in Wolverhampton.

“I really love this tournament and I think it suits me well,” said the Dutchman.

“Everybody can see that from my results and performances in the last three years when I won it.

“I did it without losing a match in any of those tournaments, which is a record I am really proud of and one I would like to continue.”

The tournament will take place at Aldersley Leisure Village for the first time in a temporary move from the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, where Van Gerwen reached four finals.

He added: “It will maybe feel a little bit different at the new venue but I am used to Wolverhampton and comfortable and relaxed there.

“I have had a couple of bad tournaments recently. Any tournament I don’t win is a bad one for me but that doesn’t say anything for this one – the same as it wouldn’t say anything if I had won the last two tournaments. This is a new one and you have to perform.

“I am still the most feared opponent for everyone and I know that if I play my best, I win. It is simple as that.”

Van Gerwen will headline Saturday evening’s session when he takes on Gary Robson in his opener.

He will also take on Jonny Clayton and Joe Murnan in Group A in matches on Sunday and Tuesday, with the top two from the group progressing to the knockout stages.