Michael van Gerwen is once again the champion at the Grand Slam of Darts, the undisputed World Number One played brilliantly to stop Peter Wright in a 16-12 encounter which was nip and tuck until 10-10 when MVG pulled away. Van Gerwen spoke afterwards about the tournament win, his opponent and how he deserved to win in Wolverhampton.

“To win a tournaments like this is always nice, especially in a game like that,” said Van Gerwen, who landed four ton-plus checkouts and averaged over 102 in the final.

“It was a final and there was pressure on us. You want to perform at as high a level as possible and I think I had a fantastic tournament.

“After ten-ten I had a little turbo, but maybe we were trying too hard and we didn’t want to lose to each other. Sooner or later Peter will stop me in a final but I’m over the moon that I won.

“I feel great and winning a tournament like this is always nice, good for your confidence and I think I also deserved it with the way I played, the average I threw, the 180s and the good scores.”

Van Gerwen was joined on stage by baby daughter Zoe as he celebrated the win, and he admitted: “Winning tournaments is nice, trying to be the best in the world is nice but nothing beats this.”

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Author: Samuel Gill