Fantastic fifth BetVictor Masters title for Van Gerwen

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 3 Feb 2019
MVG celebrates a fabulous fifth Masters success (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen secured a fifth consecutive Masters title in Milton Keynes after an 11-5 victory over James Wade in the final on Sunday.

Van Gerwen maintained his unbeaten record at the Marshall Arena with four dominant displays to retain the elite invitational title, culminating in a crushing win over Wade.

Little over a month after securing a third World Championship title at Alexandra Palace, the world number one stormed back into the winner's enclosure to seal the first silverware of the new season.

"I'm really pleased," said Van Gerwen. "It's a great venue for me and this is a tournament I love, so I'm delighted.
 
"I didn't play phenomenally in this tournament and there's more in the tank, but I'm hoping this is going to be the start of another good year.
 
"The tour gets more difficult every year and I'm trying to get better all the time. You want to be strong here to start the year well and give yourself confidence, and I've done that."
 
He added: "James did well to reach the final. He deserves a lot of credit because I think a lot of people underestimate him."

Van Gerwen began the final day with a 10-5 victory over Mensur Suljovic in the Quarter-Finals, averaging 103, before overcoming Dave Chisnall 11-7 in the Semi-Finals with a 100 average and a 170 checkout.
 
The opening six legs of the final were shared, but Van Gerwen landed his second 124 checkout of the game and a spectacular 170 as he claimed four straight legs to move 7-3 up.
 
An 11-darter saw Wade hit back as he claimed two of the next three, but Van Gerwen pounced with a 70 finish to move 10-5 up before sealing glory on double eight.
 
Wade's run to the final saw him follow up Saturday's defeat of Gerwyn Price with a comeback from 4-0 down to defeat Joe Cullen in the Quarter-Finals.
 
He also battled back from 9-7 down in the semis against Peter Wright to claim an 11-9 victory, but was unable to claim a third TV title inside four months as Van Gerwen proved too strong in the decider.
 
"I take my hat off to Michael - he did the job and was quality," said Wade. "He gave me so many opportunities and I played really poorly in the final.
 
"There's still a lot more to come from me. I've got to the final and that shows what I've got to come."
 
Chisnall landed ten 180s in his superb 10-4 win over Stephen Bunting in the quarter-finals, while Wright was a 10-6 winner against World Championship finalist Michael Smith in the last eight.


BetVictor Masters 2019 Results


Sunday February 3

Afternoon Session

Quarter-Finals
Dave Chisnall 10-4 Stephen Bunting
Michael van Gerwen 10-5 Mensur Suljovic
Joe Cullen 6-10 James Wade
Michael Smith 6-10 Peter Wright
 
Evening Session

Semi-Finals
Dave Chisnall 7-11 Michael van Gerwen
James Wade 11-9 Peter Wright

Final
Michael van Gerwen 11-5 James Wade



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