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Eyes wet on Michael Van Gerwin after a tough first game at the World Cup: Darts: 'I hurt myself a lot'

Eyes wet on Michael Van Gerwin after a tough first game at the World Cup: Darts: ‘I hurt myself a lot’

Sam Varewyck and De Telegraaf

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After a bad season in which he did not win a single archery championship – that has already been since 2011 (!) – Michael van Gerwin came to London with only one goal: a fourth world title. His path to the final, like the rest of the world’s top 32 players, began in the second round: the English opponent was Chase Barstow, number 101 on the PDC Medal of Merit.

However, it soon became clear that 2021’s Van Gerwen isn’t the Van Gerwen who conquered the darts world over the past decade. Barstow made good resistance and with a score of 2-2 in the first set, Van Gerwen lost it completely. In fact, the triple world champion was stuck in a Double 1, while Barstow – who didn’t finish well himself – suddenly rocked 116th. Unseen.

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in a Bali ally They didn’t know what they saw either, but after the first break, Van Gerwin was back in the game. It was Barstow’s first match, but after that it was up to Van Gerwin. It was very difficult for the duo by his high standards, but the second set went to the Dutchman (3-1).

With a draw in sets, the entire match turned in Van Gerwen’s favor. Barstow could not prepare anything in the third set, and was knocked out by the Dutchman (3-0), who also won six games in a row.

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In the fourth set, Barstow offered more resistance, but there was nothing to be done against Van Gerwin in the meantime. The three-time world champion had a break with a 1-1 draw and the second leg was also a prey for the Dutchman, who raised the group score to 3-1 and allowed him to advance to the third round of the World Cup.

“I hurt myself so much and it hurts you”

“I had the cruise control, it started well, but suddenly I lost a lot of stock. This shouldn’t happen and I can only blame myself for that,” Van Gerwen told Dutch RTL7. “A first match like this is always tough and I put a lot of pressure on myself. I hurt myself a lot and it hurts. It hurts. The three-time world champion, whose eyes got wet when he said these words, said. “I know what I can do. I really don’t always have to show it.”

Van Gerwen doesn’t have to return to work until after Christmas. So he still has plenty of time to recover. “I’m relieved. There was a lot of pressure on the kettle and I wanted to prove myself. It should be sharper, but I know it. Fortunately, the next round will be in eight or nine days.”

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Earlier in the evening session, three more matches were played. Adam Hunt proved too strong for Croatian Boris Krakmar (3-0), defeating World Youth Champion Ted Evets by Jim Williams (1-3) and Robbie John Rodriguez Waltz over Nick Kenny (3-0).