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van Gerwen’s Dubai Double

Michael van Gerwen retained his Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters title with victory over Peter Wright in Friday’s final.

The Dutchman triumphed 11-7 to clinch the $50,000 title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, after defeating Adrian Lewis by the same scoreline earlier in the evening.

And van Gerwen, who had won a close quarter-final against James Wade on Thursday, revealed his joy at reigning supreme in Dubai again, having won the inaugural World Series event twelve months ago

“This is a very special win for me,” said the world number one and reigning World Champion.

“This is the first time I’ve won a major title twice in a row and it’s absolutely fantastic.

“To win this trophy again is huge and it means a lot to win again in the country because it is one of the nicest places in the world.

“I’ve worked so hard for this for the past two days. I thought I was the better player throughout the final but I made it difficult for myself at times – but I got the win and that’s all that mattered.

“It was a tough game against James Wade on Thursday and it was the same again when I played Adrian and Peter, and I think I was the best player in the tournament.

“Peter hit a couple of good finishes in the final to keep himself in it, but it doesn’t matter how you win and I’ve got the trophy in my hands. I think I showed my class in this tournament and I’m very proud of myself.

“This is a great tournament, the crowd is fantastic and the venue is great. To win this is a great feeling for me.”

van Gerwen enjoyed trademark surges in both the semi-final and final as he closed in on his sixth PDC major success.

The 25-year-old won six of the last seven legs to win a high quality last four clash against Lewis, setting up a repeat of January’s World Championship final against Wright.

His opponent led 3-2 after the first session of play but when the score reached four apiece ‘Mighty Mike’ rattled off four consecutive legs to take control of the decider.

A 116 finish moved van Gerwen 9-5 ahead but Wright responded with a brilliant 158 checkout before the Dutch ace completed an 11-7 victory, upping his 180 tally in the final to a magnificent eleven.

The World Series of Darts will continue in August, with further tournaments to be held in Perth from August 22-24 and in Sydney from August 28-30.

By Chris Murphy

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