Romanian retreat Michael van Gerwen at World Matchplay

It was his first main goal, to win the World Matchplay in Milton Keynes. For Michael van Gerwen that came out on Tuesday night very deceived. In the second round he went down hard against Simon Whitlock: 4-11.

After five legs there was 0-5 on the scoreboard. At that moment ‘The Wizard’ made mincemeat of the Dutchman, who himself threw an average of 86 (!). After the break, Van Gerwen gradually got a bit better in the game. He came back to 3-6. However, at the second break it was 3-7. The Australian – partly due to the ostentatious failure of ‘MvG’ – walked out to 4-9 and didn‘t give up: 4-11.

He himself did not necessarily have an explanation for the defeat. “I get so many chances and if you don’t take them you can only blame yourself. I don‘t know why, but it’s just not allowed. This was far too weak and a misrepresentation. But 5-5 would not have been wrong. But you know if you let it lie, then you know with Simon that he gets confidence. But this is not allowed”, he says to RTL7.

Last year Mighty Mike went out as well. Then he lost to Glen Durrant in the second round. He managed to win the 2015 and 2016 editions.

In the Summer Series Van Gerwen won two out of five tournaments.

On Wednesday evening, Vincent van der Voort plays in the second round against Daryl Gurney. Danny Noppert will compete against Adrian Lewis.

Results Tuesday:

Aspinall-Van den Bergh 5-10

Smith-Suljoviv 14-12

Anderson-Wade 11-8

Clemens-Ratajski 10-12