Michael van Gerwen suffered an unnecessary defeat against Peter Wright on Saturday. In the first floor tournament of the five-day Autumn Series, the Dutch top darter lost a 5-2 lead in the semi-finals. In the end he lost 6-7 to the reigning world champion from Scotland.
Only I can put things right and I will do so Those were Van Gerwen‘s warning words after his recent, shocking elimination from the Premier League. Exactly one week later he got his first chance to put his money where his mouth is. With five consecutive victories he came close to a final spot in the autum Series, but in the last four he let the win against Wright slip out of his hands. In a high-ranking match Van Gerwen threw an average of 101.6, but Wright did a lot better thanks to a cast-iron finish with a score of 109.
The PDC already organised a five-day Summer Series in Milton Keynes in August. A multi-day event dedicated to the Players Championship series. Van Gerwen won two of the five floor tournaments. After that, the triple world champion went through a difficult period. In the World Matchplay, the 31-year-old from Vlijmenaar was already killed in the second round (defeat against Simon Whitlock) and then surprisingly eliminated in the Premier League Darts, the prestigious competition he won in the previous four editions.
In the ‘German bubble‘ in Niedernhausen, Van Gerwen showed quite a recovery. By the way, he did so with his ‘old arrows‘. At the Premier League he also switched material. The Brabander switched to Winmau at the beginning of the year. With an average of 101.4 he beat Kciuk Krzysztof in the first round with 6-4 in legs. He also convinced at his second performance. Luke Humphries had little to contribute: 6-2. Van Gerwen’s average hit just under a hundred with 99.7. Via a victory over Stephen Bunting (6-3, average 100) Mighty Mike qualified for the last sixteen.
In the battle with William Borland for a place in the quarterfinals, Van Gerwen then made things unnecessarily difficult for himself. The average of 91.3 was disappointing, but he managed to win the much-needed victory 6-5. In the last eight it all went a bit easier again and Van Gerwen triumphed 6-2 over Krzysztof Ratajski. This made him the last remaining Dutchman in the floor tournament in Germany. Jelle Klaasen lost in the quarter finals 1-6 to Madars Razma. But also Van Gerwen stumbled into view of the harbour.