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Van Gerwen overcomes early Stein scare

December 28, 2014 10:55:00 UK

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen was given an early scare by Sascha Stein.

Michael van Gerwen comfortably made it into the third round of the PDC World Darts Championship but had an early scare against Sascha Stein.

Van Gerwen lost the opening set to the German qualifier but quickly rallied by regaining his trademark fluency, claiming the next four sets to secure a 4-1 victory at Alexandra Palace.

I’m not playing again for the next few days so I need to make sure I’m as good as possible for the next one.

Michael van Gerwen

The defending champion, who is 3.60 to retain his title this year, will now face England’s Terry Jenkins in the last 16. Jenkins is 4.33 to win the match, with Van Gerwen 1.22.

Speaking after the encounter with Stein, Van Gerwen was full of praise for his opponent, admitting he had a tough time against the qualifier who he believes has done well in the tournament.

He told Sky Sports: “I was 1-0 down and I was 2-0 up (in legs) and at 2-2 he missed three darts to break my throw.

“You never know what’s going to happen. It was a really difficult game as everyone expected me to beat him easy and that put the pressure on and made it difficult. I will be ready for my next game.

“I’m not playing again for the next few days so I need to make sure I’m as good as possible for the next one. That’s going to be Terry and I need to do something good as the last two times I lost against him and on this stage I don’t want to get beaten by him.”

Meanwhile, Jenkins hammered Australian qualifier Laurence Ryder, not dropping a single leg on his way to a 4-0 victory. A missed double 12 would have given him a nine-dart finish, such was his dominance, and Van Gerwen is clearly aware he will have to up his game in order to beat him.

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Van Gerwen overcomes early Stein scare

December 28, 2014 10:55:00 UK

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen was given an early scare by Sascha Stein.

Michael van Gerwen comfortably made it into the third round of the PDC World Darts Championship but had an early scare against Sascha Stein.

Van Gerwen lost the opening set to the German qualifier but quickly rallied by regaining his trademark fluency, claiming the next four sets to secure a 4-1 victory at Alexandra Palace.

I’m not playing again for the next few days so I need to make sure I’m as good as possible for the next one.

Michael van Gerwen

The defending champion, who is 3.60 to retain his title this year, will now face England’s Terry Jenkins in the last 16. Jenkins is 4.33 to win the match, with Van Gerwen 1.22.

Speaking after the encounter with Stein, Van Gerwen was full of praise for his opponent, admitting he had a tough time against the qualifier who he believes has done well in the tournament.

He told Sky Sports: “I was 1-0 down and I was 2-0 up (in legs) and at 2-2 he missed three darts to break my throw.

“You never know what’s going to happen. It was a really difficult game as everyone expected me to beat him easy and that put the pressure on and made it difficult. I will be ready for my next game.

“I’m not playing again for the next few days so I need to make sure I’m as good as possible for the next one. That’s going to be Terry and I need to do something good as the last two times I lost against him and on this stage I don’t want to get beaten by him.”

Meanwhile, Jenkins hammered Australian qualifier Laurence Ryder, not dropping a single leg on his way to a 4-0 victory. A missed double 12 would have given him a nine-dart finish, such was his dominance, and Van Gerwen is clearly aware he will have to up his game in order to beat him.

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