Michael van Gerwen admits his shock whitewash defeat to Dave Chisnall in the Quarter-Finals of the World Darts Championship has…
Michael van Gerwen admits his shock whitewash defeat to Dave Chisnall in the Quarter-Finals of the World Darts Championship has left him “hurt” and “gutted”.
The world number one was thrashed 5-0 at Alexandra Palace on New Year’s Day as he saw his hopes of a fourth world title crushed by an inspired Chizzy.
Chisnall averaged 107.3 and hit fourteen 180s in his most prolific performance to date, ending a run of 27 games without a win over Van Gerwen.
Van Gerwen walked away from a match at the William Hill World Championship without a set to his name for the first time since 2009 and now faces the prospect of surrendering his world number one spot to Gerwyn Price if the Welshman goes on to lift the trophy.
A dejected Van Gerwen told Sky Sports: “It was a difficult match, I knew that before and when Dave is in form you have to work really hard if you want to beat him but I didn’t show up.
“The scoring power wasn’t there, I only can blame myself for this, no one else.
“Dave took every opportunity he had to make it as difficult as possible and fair play to him.
“I let myself down and I’m gutted, it’s something to think about in the next few days.
“It is the best Dave’s ever played, I know that by fact.
“When you win it’s nice to talk after about how great you played but today you’ve also got to admit, I wasn’t there.
“Well done Dave and I played crap.”
Chisnall missed double 12 for a nine-darter en route to taking the fourth set, with Van Gerwen providing a bizarre but brilliant moment when he hit treble 20, treble 19 and then double 12 immediately after his opponent missed his attempt at the finish – despite the Dutchman not being on a checkout.
Two of the five sets went to a deciding leg, but MVG was unable to find the breakthrough and was resigned to his earliest exit at Ally Pally since the 2015/16 event.
He added: “I need to reflect a bit on this game and think ‘where did things go wrong?’
“The only thing that wasn’t too bad was my doubles but if you score that badly against someone who’s playing really well like Dave did, then you only can blame yourself.
“When you’re a winner, you have to stand in front of the microphone as well and when you lose you have to do it as well.
“Of course it hurts and I wanted to do a lot more in this tournament, but that’s the price you pay when you lose.
“Everyone played their nuts off against me from the First Round to today, they all played better than I’ve ever seen them play.
“I need to make sure I go back to the practice board and get ready for the next tournament.”