Van Gerwen had already suffered two consecutive defeats in the tournament and said Thursday night ‘not to be in the best shape of his life’. Also against Aspinall it did not go by itself. The Englishman was 4-1 ahead against Van Gerwen, who managed to turn the backlog anyway. In the last leg, Aspinall failed to even the score, after which the Dutchman took the win,
Glen Durrant, the current number 1 in the Premier League ranking, won 8-4 on Friday from Gerwyn Price. Gary Anderson, who defeated Van Gerwen on Thursday evening, won 8-5 against Peter Wright.
The prestigious tournament had reached the sixth round of play in March when the coronapandemic brought the sports world to a standstill.
The last eight rounds of the game will be finished in Milton Keynes in the near future. The semi-finals and finals will be played on 22 October at the O2 Arena in London.