Michael van Gerwen was eliminated in the quarter-finals on the final day of the Autumn Series. The number one of the world had to acknowledge his superior in the Portuguese José de Sousa on Wednesday afternoon. Van Gerwen lost 3-6 in legs.
The fifth day of the Autumn Series in Niedernhausen, Germany, started fine for Van Gerwen. On Tuesday he lost 0-6 to Devon Petersen, but this time he was 6-0 against Barrie Bates. Van Gerwen impressed with an average of 106.1.
In the sequel of the floor tournaments Van Gerwen initially continued to win, but with less conviction. In the second round he beat Brian Raman 6-2, averaging 92.2. In the last 32 against compatriot Dirk van Duijvenbode an all-decisive last leg had to offer a solution. Van Gerwen kept a cool head: 6-5. The average score of 91 was below his normal level.
Via a clear victory over Karel Sedlacek (6-3 with an average of 102.3) Van Gerwen moved on to the quarter finals. That‘s where things went wrong against De Sousa. De Brabander did not play badly with an average of 103.1, but De Sousa was cooler at the important moments.
Tournament win Van Gerwen
On Monday, Van Gerwen won one of the five floor tournaments in the Autumn Series, belonging to the Players Championship series. He did so by winning 8-1 in legs of Mensur Suljovic in the final. On his way to the final he also won a nice victory over Glen Durrant. In that match the Brabander also threw an average of 105. By the way, it was only the first time that Van Gerwen won from triple BDO world champion Durrant. You have to play your A-game to win tournaments like this, the 31-year old Dutchman stated.
In the last few months Van Gerwen has been performing erratically. After his two overall victories in the Summer Series (in August), he went down in the second round of the major tournament World Matchplay. Recently he was already eliminated as a defending champion in the regular competition of the prestigious Premier League. There is always a certain amount of pressure on my shoulders. At the Premier League I did not talk as I should, but sometimes in darts. I am a human being once in a while, but I come back stronger. Everyone knows that and I believe in my own abilities‘, Van Gerwen said this week from Niedernhausen.
World Series of Darts Finals
Van Gerwen now travels on to Austria, where from Friday to Sunday the World Series of Darts Finals will be finished in the Salzburg Arena. The defending champion from Vlijmen will enter in the second round and meet the winner of the match between Durrant and Dimitri van den Bergh.