Van Gerwen battles back to down debutant Heta in World Matchplay first round
Van Gerwen turned on the afterburners after the return from the interval to come from 6-4 down to win through and see off the Aussie who looked potentially set for a shock win.
Van Gerwen to begin the tie had the better of the opening exchanges with a 3-2 lead over Heta but 'The Heat' was there to capitalise and hit the front at 5-4 up from there.
At the interval, he hit four legs on the spin with an 84 checkout to go 6-4 up but the break came at the wrong time for the Australian.
Van Gerwen returned to stop the rot with an 84 checkout for an 11-darter at 6-5 before drawling level at 6-6 with the same checkout.
Three darts were squandered at tops from there and Van Gerwen stretched his lead to 8-6.
MVG went one away from there and while Heta could prolong the match, it wasn't for long as Van Gerwen claimed victory.