Mar 26, 2023 at 8:05 PMUpdate: 2 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.
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 for over 92) and a better finish percentage (53.85 for 40).
Van Duijvenbode was among the last four by winning 6-3 against the Northern Irishman Josh Rock and then, like Noppert, seemed to be stranded in the semi-final. He fell 6-2 to Rob Cross, but won 7-6.