Michael van Gerwen admits he has had ‘weird’ time at the World Matchplay

Michael van Gerwen is trying to get again to successful methods on the World Matchplay (Image: Getty Pictures)

He’s a two-time World Matchplay champion however Michael van Gerwen has struggling within the occasion in recent times, admitting to a ‘bizarre’ file of late, however he expects to enhance on that in Blackpool this time spherical.

MVG claimed the Matchplay title in 2015 and ’16, having reached the ultimate the earlier 12 months and it appeared like he was set to dominate the occasion for years to come back.

Issues haven’t turned out that manner, although, with Phil Taylor ending his run with a 16-6 hammering within the 2017 quarter-finals and Mighty Mike has not been previous the second spherical within the three years since, dropping to Dropping to Jeffrey de Zwaan, Glen Durrant and Simon Whitlock.

He can’t fairly put his finger on why he has struggled in Blackpool, and in final 12 months’s journey to Milton Keynes, however has vowed to work onerous and switch issues round.

‘It’s bizarre as a result of I like the match,’ Van Gerwen advised The Sportsman. ‘I like the format and all the pieces however to be truthful the final two years I’ve underperformed, easy as that. After all that may occur however you could be sure to do one thing in opposition to it and that’s working onerous.

‘I don’t need to show something. Individuals know what I’m able to, I solely wish to do it for myself and the followers and people round me, that’s an important factor. You simply need to work onerous, nothing is coming robotically.’

Van Gerwen’s dominance of the game had start to slip away earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, however he has actually not loved the time behind closed doorways, dropping to quantity three on the planet having held prime spot for seven years.

With followers again on the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for the Matchplay, he expects to obtain a critical enhance on the oche.

‘Yeah, I feel with the crowds, with the strain, it makes me usually a greater participant,’ he mentioned.

That concept might be put to the check in spherical one in opposition to Damon Heta on Monday night time.

Van Gerwen gained the UK Open and Gamers Championship Finals final 12 months however is but to win a significant title in 2021 (Image: LAWRENCE LUSTIG)

Sky Sports activities’ Wayne Mardle expects MVG to come back by way of that check and return to the semi-finals for the primary time since 2016.

Requested for his predictions in Blackpool he advised Sky Sports: ‘I’ve really obtained so far as the semi-finals to this point. I like [Gerwyn] Worth’s draw. [Jonny] Clayton for me shouldn’t be taking part in as brilliantly as he was just some months in the past. Type is difficult to proceed, so I’ve gone Worth within the prime quarter.

‘That is going to shock lots of people within the second quarter. I’ve gone Rob Cross. I’ve gone for Jose de Sousa within the third quarter, I feel he could possibly be the person to beat to be sincere. Michael van Gerwen to come back by way of the underside quarter.’

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Michael van Gerwen aiming to end ‘weird’ recent record at World Matchplay


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