MICHAEL VAN GERWEN produced a memorable display to retain his Shanghai Darts Masters title as he defeated Dave Chisnall 8-0 in the final of the year’s second World Series event.
The World Champion and world number one had to draw on many of the qualities that have seen him dominate the sport for the last few years, though, especially in his quarter-final win against Phil Taylor.
Van Gerwen trailed the 16-time World Champion 5-0 in the last eight but launched an incredible fightback to triumph 8-7.
He followed that with a more comfortable 8-3 success over James Wade in the semi-finals before racing to glory with a whitewash win over Chisnall in the decider.
“It feels amazing,” said Van Gerwen. “I worked hard for this and I’m glad I can hold this trophy.
“After the game against Phil I played phenomenal and it gave me great confidence. You have to be confident if you want to win trophies like this.
“You have to be ruthless in darts and if I can win 8-0 I try to win 8-0. I only want to win all the time, it’s not always that easy but I played well.
“This gives me great confidence for next week in Las Vegas and the World Matchplay. I’m over the moon.
“It’s going to be good fun in Las Vegas and I hope I can hold another trophy there.”