Michael van Gerwen booked a hard-fought victory over Mervyn King to reach the semi-finals at the World Grand Prix in Dublin.
The Dutchman survived three missed set darts by King in the first set, before he took out double 9 to claim the first set. Both players hit a 170 finish in the second set, but King landed The Big Fish to level the match (1-1).
Van Gerwen took the lead back in the third set as he hit a 75 finish and a 13-darter to lead 2-1, before hitting double 19 to claim the third set. King kicked off the fourth set with a superb 132 finish, but missed two chances to break Mighty Mike’s throw.
The world number one hit double 1 to make 1-1, but King regained the lead as he hit double 5 for 2-1. The Norfolk ace then missed another chance to break his Dutch opponent with a 118 checkout.
That mistake turned out to be fatal to him, because Van Gerwen kept his own leg via double 8 and then broke King with a 14-darter to win the match. The reigning world champion will face Chris Dobey in the semi-finals on Friday evening. Hollywood edged out Ian White to move into his maiden televised semi-final.
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World Grand Prix 2019 schedule
Thursday October 10
Ian White (76.99) 2-3 (90.13) Chris Dobey (0-3, 3-1, 3-0, 1-3, 0-3)
Dave Chisnall (90.00) 3-1 (93.26) Nathan Aspinall (3-2, 3-1, 2-3, 3-1)
Michael van Gerwen (94.64) 3-1 (87.74) Mervyn King (3-2. 1-3, 3-1, 3-2)
Glen Durrant v Jermaine Wattimena
Tags: Michael van Gerwen, World Grand Prix 2019
MVG IS THROUGH!
Caught your breath yet?! What a match that was between those two, but it's Michael van Gerwen who gets the better of Mervyn King and the reigning champion secures his place in the Semi-Finals! pic.twitter.com/5PAPlOgadt
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) October 10, 2019