Van Gerwen labels recent comments Wright as childish: 'No one really believes him anymore'
Michael van Gerwen also won his third game in the group stage of the Grand Slam of Darts as he defeated Joe Cullen 5-3 on Thursday evening.
There was nothing at stake anymore for the Dutchman. Van Gerwen already secured qualification for the knockout stage and the first place in his group after winning his second game against Gabriel Clemens (5-1).
''There was a different kind of pressure'', Van Gerwen admitted to Online Darts afterwards. ''I knew I was already through and top of the table. It's quite difficult then to put out a phenomenal performance. I knew that and maybe I was trying too hard. But the most important thing for myself is that I won the game. I did my duty and my job.''
The world number one will take on his rival Gary Anderson in the next round. "Gary is a phenomenal player to play against. He needs to put up his game a little bit more to make it a great game.''
Peter Wright recently said that Van Gerwen has no chance to win the upcoming World Championship. The Scotsman believes Gerwyn Price will be his only rival to lift the Sid Waddell Trophy. "No one really believes him anymore. He says this when he doesn't have to say it. It's a bit childish. It's typical Peter, everyone knows it by now.''