Michael van Gerwen is trying to defend his European Darts Open title on Sunday evening in Leverkusen.
The 29-year-old Dutchman managed to win the European Darts Open three times in his career, but never won it two years on the spin. After beating compatriot Jermaine Wattimena 6-0 in just nine minutes, Van Gerwen faces Gerwyn Price in the quarter-finals. ‘The Iceman’ saw off Krzysztof Ratajski on Sunday afternoon.
Van Gerwen or Price will meet James Wade or Mensur Suljovic in the semi-finals of the first European Tour event. Wade booked a convincing victory over Dave Chisnall in the third round, while Suljovic claimed victory against Joe Cullen.
In the bottom half of the draw Justin Pipe is going to take on Rob Cross. The former world champion reeled off four impressive legs to beat Jonny Clayton after a 4-2 deficit. Pipe defeated Darren Webster 6-1 to book his place for the final session. Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright will battle in the last of four quarter-final matches.
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Sunday March 24
Michael van Gerwen (101.33) 6-0 (90.14) Jermaine Wattimena
Krzysztof Ratajski (87.15) 4 (11) 6 (89.26) Gerwyn Price
Mensur Suljovic (93.81) 6-3 (99.77) Joe Cullen
James Wade (101.79) 6-1 (98.41) Dave Chisnall
Justin Pipe (96.64) 6-1 (90.21) Darren Webster
Rob Cross (105.74) 6-4 (100.45) Jonny Clayton
Dimitri Van den Bergh (85.74) 0-6 (94.93) Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright (101.57) 6-3 (96.46) Ross Smith
Evening session (19:15 local time, 18:15 GMT)
Michael van Gerwen v Gerwyn Price
Mensur Suljovic v James Wade
Justin Pipe v Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright
Van Gerwen/Price v Suljovic/Wade
Pipe/Cross v Gurney/Wright