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Van Gerwen dismisses “twitchy” Wright ahead of World Matchplay Semi-Final

Jamie Shaw in World Matchplay 24 Jul 2021
Van Gerwen aims to avenge his defeat to Wright in the 2020 world final (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen insists Peter Wright “does not have a chance” if he produces his ‘A’ game in their World Matchplay Semi-Final clash on Saturday.

The world number two and three renew their rivalry on the Winter Gardens stage for the right to reach Sunday’s final and remain in the running for the £150,000 title.

The duo have met more times in PDC competition than any other current Tour Card holders and are poised for a potential classic contest over the best of 33 format.

Van Gerwen is one of only three players to have won this title on more than one occasion, having gone back-to-back in 2015 and 2016, and is aiming to end his mini drought and claim his first silverware of the season.

The Dutch star has been below his best so far and holds the lowest tournament average (96.8) of the final four, but insists his colourful rival will get swept aside if he can find his top form.

“Peter is playing really good darts but he hasn’t met me yet,” said Van Gerwen. “I know if I play my own game, he doesn’t have a chance.”

“Normally when he plays me his bum goes a little bit twitchy.

“Peter is a phenomenal player and when he is on his game, he can make it really difficult, but he also knows when Michael van Gerwen turns up, he can’t win the game.

“It is fact, it is truth. Peter knows it, Gerwyn [Price] knows it. Everyone in the world knows it – if I play my game, no one can beat me.”

Van Gerwen also laughed off Wright’s persistent claims that he WILL win both this year’s Betfred World Matchplay and the World Championship.

He added: “Peter says so much nonsense every tournament, week after week, every televised tournament and we all have to deal with it, unfortunately.

“I just have to make sure I do my own thing and play my own game.

“There’s still more in the tank and I have to show that tomorrow. I missed a lot of doubles and my scoring power wasn’t as good as I wanted.

“Tomorrow’s another really important day, this is history now and tomorrow’s the future.”