Michael van Gerwen made a successful return to proceedings on Day One of the PDC Summer Series and he is in a confident mood as a result.

Van Gerwen defeated Peter Wright in an exciting final to claim his second title of the season after the UK Open and the first Players Championship of the year.

The World Number One was very satisfied with his game but admitted after nearly being dumped out by both William Borland and Callan Rydz, that no game is easy.

“I’m very happy,” said Van Gerwen. “It was a tough day and I had to perform really well but I worked hard and I did enough today.

“For the first tournament after this big gap, I think it wasn’t too bad. I’m really glad to be back. I played some good darts but you never know what can happen – there’s no easy games any more.

“It doesn’t matter who you draw now, you have to be sharp otherwise they will beat you. It’s been my biggest gap ever, four months is a long time to be away but I’m happy that I showed everyone today that I’m back.”

Four Players Championship tournaments will be played from Thursday to Sunday and Van Gerwen is confident that if his form continues, he could win them all: “If the right me turns up, I can win the other four but you never know what happens.”

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Author: Samuel Gill