Dirk van Duijvenbode was able to quickly accept the painful defeat in the final of the World Series of Darts on Sunday evening. The South Hollander went down in AFAS Live after a decisive leg against Gerwyn Price.
“Gerwyn is the rightful winner”, Van Duijvenbode admitted to Viaplay after his 10-11 defeat in front of his own audience. “When he had to, he didn’t miss.”
Van Duijvenbode was one leg away from victory with a score of 10-9, but Price pulled out a decisive leg. Both finalists did not make a convincing impression, but Price decided the final with a finish of ninety.
According to Van Duijvenbode, Sunday evening was the chance to defeat the leader of the Order of Merit. “He was tamer than usual,” said the Dutch number thirteen in the world. “He was afraid that the public would yell at him. I understood that.”
“But later in the game he showed why he is the number one in the world,” continued a self-critical Van Duijvenbode. “I had enough opportunities myself, but I didn’t strike when I had to.”
Due to the defeat against Price, Van Duijvenbode just missed his first major title in his career. Earlier in the tournament, the Dutchman had, among others, eliminated defending champion Jonny Clayton (11-8).