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World Grand Prix: van Gerwen Fights Off The Hurricane

Defending champion van Gerwen remains on course for his third World Grand Prix title.

Michael van Gerwen came from a set behind to defeat Kim ‘The Hurricane’ Huybrechts in the last 16 of the World Grand Prix on Tuesday in Dublin.

Defending champion van Gerwen remains on course for his third World Grand Prix title after surviving an early scare before conquering his Belgian opponent.

Huybrechts took the first set 3-1 and forced a deciding leg in the second set but the world number one showed his class, landing a vital maximum, to win what was arguably the game’s pivotal leg.

He then took the third set with the aid of a 160 checkout before taking three legs in set four without reply to book his place in the quarter-finals.

“I’m really glad I won but it wasn’t the performance I wanted and I struggled to hit double top at times,” said van Gerwen, the 2012 and 2014 champion. “I felt fantastic in the practice room but I was a bit nervous when I got on stage.

“I didn’t want to lose and I’m still in the tournament, which is the most important thing. I was annoyed with my own game because I can perform a load better than this but the win will give me confidence.

“I want to retain this title and make this the hat-trick, and I know I can do that.”

van Gerwen will meet Jamie Lewis on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals.

 

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