Michael van Gerwen ended Thursday at the top on the final day of the regular season in the Premier League, but the number one in the world is not satisfied with the game that he is the last weeks show.
Van Gerwen was presented in Leeds the position is safe by an 8-5 victory at Mensur Suljovic and an 8-6 defeat of competitor Rob Cross against James Wade. Van Gerwen, Cross, Wade and Daryl Gurney are the semi-finals.
“I put myself in the position that I, tonight, were not sure of the first place and that had not been. That is a bummer, but I got there eventually, the best of created,” said Van Gerwen against RTL 7.
“The pick of the O2 Arena in London, where the final round is held, eds.) was my biggest goal, and from here I go again. I know that there are many points that I can improve and that I must certainly do.”
With his first place earned Van Gerwen a cheque of 25,000 pounds (about 28.000 euro). Since his Premier League debut in 2013, he finished the regular season on the first place.
Michael van Gerwen in action during his match against Mensur Suljovic in Leeds. (Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
‘Gave Suljovic opportunities to come back’
As with previous parties was Van Gerwen against Suljovic not quite satisfied with himself. The Dutchman came with 5-0, but his Austrian opponent then came back closer.
“At 5-0, you think it’s well played, but I gave Suljovic opportunities to get back in the match. That’s not supposed to happen, though it is easier said than done,” said the thirty years Of Gerwen. “I had already done what I needed to do and had the hole beaten up for this race. He had some difficulty in the beginning and I took advantage of this.”
The semi-finals and the final battle of the Premier League in London’s O2 Arena next week Thursday. The winner deserves such a 290.000 euro.
Van Gerwen won the Premier League four times, including in the past three years. The other semi-finalists just wrote Wade (2009), the prestigious tournament to his name.
Results, position and program Premier League Darts