Michael van Gerwen Reclaims World Darts Championship title
Last month we brought you the story of Michael Van Gerwen, the Dutch professional darts player, who, as the world’s top-ranked player, had failed to win a world championship in the sport since 2014.
Well, Van Gerwen kicked off the new year in the precise form he was looking for, defeating two-times defending world champion Gary Anderson 7-3 to clinch his second title.
The Dutchman showcased another blistering offense of high scoring in the dominant victory over the defending champion, whose hopes of completing a championship hat trick were spoiled. Van Gerwen fired off an opening set of darts, nailing a bullseye in the opening frame.
After Van Gerwen opened an early lead with a composed 36 checkout, Anderson fired back, finding double 20 to return the match to level terms.
Both players scored freely throughout the match, but Van Gerwen’s deadly accuracy at the doubles kept the Scotsman at a healthy distance as he opened a 4-2 lead with a succession of legs. Anderson saw his crown slip away further as he lost 12 of 13 legs in the match, with Van Gerwen pulling away more with the 5-2 scoring advantage.
Anderson maintained a high standard throughout, notching 22 maximums to set a new record for the number of 180s in a single match, but he could not get near the imperious Van Gerwen.
The past 12 months have been the cause of much celebration for Van Gerwen, this was his 26th title during that span.