Michael van Gerwen exited the Grand Slam at the semi-final stage to eventual losing finalist Gary Anderson.
Van Gerwen spoke afterwards about how he played a very poor game and that he can do a lot better.
“I played a very poor game,” said Van Gerwen, speaking to Dutch broadcaster RTL7. “I was horribly irritated by myself, and he didn’t play his best game also.
“Gary played ok – he did the right things at the right times and I couldn’t answer that. I missed too many doubles here and there and I can only blame myself.”
Van Gerwen missed five darts at doubles to level the game in leg 24, and admitted it proved a turning point as Anderson pulled clear from 12-11 to complete the win.
“If that would have happened, I wonder what went on then,” he said. “You just cannot miss at that moment and especially not against Gary.
“This should not happen. It just was not good enough.
“Also scoring I can do much better, and I have now shown that, and I can only blame myself for that. I have to work on that and make sure it’s better next time.
“I have the Players Championship Finals next week so I just have to analyse those games again, what did I do well and what did I do wrong? When do I miss the doubles, at what moments?
“From there I can continue working but I cannot get into this position. I can do a lot better.”
Author: Samuel Gill