The Dutchman showed resilience twice by overturning a 3-1 and 7-4 deficit. However, a poor last leg with four visits without a triple proved fatal for Van Gerwen after all.
Wright set to face Smith in Nordic Darts Masters semi-finals after deciding leg win over rival Van Gerwen
Van Gerwen played his first tournament of the new season in Copenhagen. The world number three did not have an optimal preparation for this tournament. He only landed in Denmark on Friday afternoon after a holiday in Curaçao, where he had to finish his first round the same day.
"Wasn’t to be in the end at this tournament, maybe I was lacking a little sharpness in the deciding leg but credit to Peter. I wanted to come back to Copenhagen for the fans and I’m glad I did. Now it is time to get the levels back before the Masters. Thank you for all the support," said Van Gerwen on Twitter.