Friday 03 February 2023

Michael van Gerwen loses world darts title after ‘memorable’ match

Van Gerwen, in green, hugs the winner. Photo: Andy Rain EPA

Dutchman Michael van Gerwen failed in his attempt to clinch the PDC world darts title for the fourth time, losing 7-4 to England’s Michael Smith in the final at Alexander Palace in London.

‘I can only blame myself,’ Van Gerwen, known in the game as Mighty Mike, told ViaPlay after the match, which was described as ‘memorable’ and ‘incredible’ by commentators.

‘We started out playing very well and I had my chances, but if you don’t make the most of them, then you know you are going to find things difficult against Michael,’ he said.

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Van Gerwen won the title in 2014, 2017 and 2019, defeating Smith in the final four years ago.

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