Mar 26, 2023 at 8:05 PMUpdate: 4 minutes ago
Michael van Gerwen was eliminated on Sunday in the quarter finals of the European Darts Open in Leverkusen. The three-time world champion was no match for Gerwyn Price, who also defeated Danny Noppert a round later. Dirk van Duijvenbode made it to the final thanks to a comeback.
Van Gerwen led 2-0 against Price, but faced a 4-2 deficit not much later. He could no longer repair that damage. Price scored better (106.28 against 99.46 average) and sharper on his doubles (more than 54 against 50 percent).
On Thursday, Van Gerwen also had to acknowledge his superior in Price. The Welshman then defeated him 6-1 in the final of the eighth Premier League round, which was held in Newcastle.
Earlier in the day, 33-year-old Van Gerwen had beaten Dimitri Van den Bergh in the eighth finals. On Saturday, compatriot Raymond van Barneveld had to believe it.
Dirk van Duijvenbode was the best performing Dutchman in Leverkusen on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images
Price also beats Noppert
Noppert was slightly better than Damon Heta (6-4) in the quarterfinals on Sunday, but Price was too strong in the semifinals. ‘The Freeze’ could keep up with ‘The Iceman’ to 2-2, but then the difference was made. Price had a better average (over 100 against over 92) and a better finish percentage (53.85 against 40).
Van Duijvenbode qualified for the last four by beating Northern Irishman Josh Rock 6-3. He then seemed to be stranded in the semi-final, just like Noppert, but is still a finalist thanks to a holding act.
In his match against Rob Cross, Van Duijvenbode fell 6-2, before taking five legs in a row to win 7-6. He beat his English opponent in both scoring (98.98 against 96.13 average) and finishing (53.85 against 42.86 percent).
Later in the evening, Van Duijvenbode will be the third Dutchman to try to beat Price in the final. The party starts around 10:35 PM.
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