Michael van Gerwen saw off Jeffrey de Zwaan to qualify for the last eight at the World Grand Prix in Dublin. The Dutchman won in straight sets (3-0) against his compatriot.
The world number one produced a brilliant display against De Zwaan, who beat him twice on television last season. Van Gerwen kicked off spectacular with two 12-darters in the first set and also a stunning 134 finish.
The defending champion came 2-0 ahead in the second set, before De Zwaan halved the deficit with a 12-dart leg of his own. His resurgence came too late to win the set, as the second set went to Mighty Mike with a 14-darter.
In the third set, The Black Cobra took the lead for the first time. The 23-year-old took out 25 to lead 1-0, but Van Gerwen quickly equalized with a 14-dart leg.
After De Zwaan missed seven darts in the third leg to open the leg, the game was over quickly. Van Gerwen fired in a 76 finish for 2-1 and finished off the match with a 17-darter for a place in the quarter-finals, where he will face Mervyn King.
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World Grand Prix 2019 schedule
Tuesday October 8
James Wade (78.59) 1-3 (85.83) Mervyn King (3-1, 2-3, 1-3, 0-3)
Michael Smith (76.98) 1-3 (86.29) Ian White (3-2, 0-3, 0-3, 2-3)
Michael van Gerwen (94.79) 3-0 (74.87) Jeffrey de Zwaan (3-0, 3-1, 3-1)
Gary Anderson v Chris Dobey
Tags: Jeffrey de Zwaan, Michael van Gerwen
MVG BEATS JDZ!
Special stuff from the reigning World Grand Prix champion who sets up a Quarter-Final clash with Mervyn King after whitewashing Jeffrey de Zwaan with a 94.79 average!
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