Devastated Van Gerwen reacts to Chisnall conquering at World Darts Championship
A ‘gutted’ Michael van Gerwen was thrashed in the World Darts Championship quarter-finals by the devastating Dave Chisnall on Friday evening at Alexandra Palace.
The world number one suffered a straight sets departure for the second time in his illustrious career against an extremely dangerous opponent in Chisnall.
The Englishman wired double 12 for a nine-dart finish and recorded a blistering 107.34 average, whilst halting his unwanted 27-match winless streak against Van Gerwen.
It was a turbulent end to a difficult season for the Dutchman – who failed to lift any of the Sky Sports showpiece events for the first time since winning his maiden major accolade nine years ago.
“It was a difficult match,” Van Gerwen told Sky Sports. “You know when Dave Chisnall’s in form you have to work really hard if you’re going to beat him.
“I didn’t really show up, my scoring power wasn’t there. I only can blame myself for this and no one else.
“Dave took every opportunity he had to make it as difficult as possible for me and fair play to him, but I let myself down a bit. I’m gutted, but what can you do? It’s something to think about in the next few days.
“It is the best he ever played, I know that. Every opportunity he had, he took and fair play to him. Today I need to admit I wasn’t there and say well done to Dave.
“I was looking at my stats and it’s nothing like my game. I need to reflect back a little bit on this game, because you need to think where did things go wrong, and where it didn’t go wrong.
“The only thing that wasn’t too bad was my doubles, but if you score that bad against someone who’s playing really well, like Dave, then you only can blame yourself.
“Of course it hurts, and of course I wanted to do a lot more in this tournament, but that’s the price you pay when you lose.
“I know what I’m capable of and today for some reason it didn’t click, it wasn’t there, but I will be back.”
Meanwhile, there was elation for a clinical Chisnall as he surpassed the quarter-final hurdle for the first time at Alexandra Palace, and remains in the hunt for a maiden major honour.
The 40-year-old from St Helens also became only the fourth thrower to defeat both Van Gerwen and Phil Taylor at the tournament, joining elite company in former champions Raymond van Barneveld, Gary Anderson and Rob Cross.
“I’m so proud,” Chisnall said. “I’ve been practising well, I’ve been playing well I’d say for the last three, four weeks. I have put the effort in. I changed my points to a little bit smaller.
“I was confident against Dimitri (Van den Bergh in the previous round) and this morning when I woke up I was confident again, just sitting in my hotel room watching the TV.
“I’ve been under the radar for the last few years. I want it (the world title) more than anybody else does. I know my own ability, I know I’m playing well. I can win this.”
Chisnall now faces two-time champion Anderson for a place in Sunday’s showpiece finale, with a victory rocketing him into the world’s top four.
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