Vincent van der Voort saw his good friend Michael van Gerwen stunned by Simon Whitlock in the second round of the World Matchplay.

The Australian proved 11-4 too strong for the World Number One.

Van Gerwen got no further than an average of 90.8, his lowest in a ranking major since late 2013. To the surprise of Van der Voort, who saw his compatriot throw very differently during practice.

“That really came out of nowhere,” Van der Voort shared his surprise in conversation with De Telegraaf. “I was just looking at him practice and he missed nothing. He really hit everything. ”

Subsequently, Van der Voort saw that virtually none of that form remained on the stage. “It just wasn’t there. Then you get such a result, quite a shock, ” said The Dutch Destroyer, who himself reached the quarterfinals at the most recent World Matchplay.

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Author: Samuel Gill