Michael van Gerwen will not add a first major title of the season or a fourth UK Open title after losing unexpectedly to Andrew Gilding in the final 11-10 on Sunday night.
Gilding the latest in a long line of first time champions watched as Van Gerwen missed a match dart at 102 in the decider before hitting double 20 and as expected being the favourite, MVG was left distraught.
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“To play games like this are always difficult. Andrew had nothing to lose and I think he played really well,” conceded Van Gerwen.
“I think I made many mistakes and I know that, but I’m the only one to blame and fair play to Andrew.
“At this moment I can’t find many positives. I’m here to win tournaments and when you don’t do that it’s disappointing.
“It is painful for me. It hurts. Everybody knows what I’m like, but I will take it on the chin. Credit to Andrew. He had a phenomenal tournament.”
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