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Van Gerwen claims fantastic fourth World Series Finals title

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 02 Dec 2019
Van Gerwen makes it four World Series Finals titles in five attempts (credit:Kelly Deckers/PDC Europe)
Michael van Gerwen clinched his fourth World Series Finals title and 50th televised singles title with an 11-2 demolition of Danny Noppert in the final in Amsterdam.
The world number one, who went unbeaten in this event from 2016-2018, continued his dominance by claiming glory on home soil at the AFAS Live, denying Noppert in his first televised PDC final.
Van Gerwen had defeated Jonny Clayton 10-6 in the Quarter-Finals before powering past Mensur Suljovic 11-4 in the Semi-Finals, and went on to blitz the former Lakeside finalist in a thoroughly one-sided final.
The victory marks MVG’s eighth televised title of the season and sees him reach a landmark half century dating back to his first success at the 2006 World Masters.
“It’s the first time we’ve played in a tournament in Amsterdam and what a tournament,” said Van Gerwen. “It wasn’t easy for me today, I had to play really well. 
“I know there’s more in the tank and I’m capable of doing more, but that’s something to worry about for the rest of the season.
“I feel good at the moment, it’s another good win on a tough day but I managed to do it again.
“Danny also played a superb tournament, all the pressure was on him in the final, I’m sure we will see more of him on the big stages in the future.”
It was Noppert who began the final brightly with a 180 and double ten to clinch the first leg in 12 darts, but only for MVG to punish a series of missed chances from his compatriot as he reeled off nine unanswered legs.
Van Gerwen kicked off the eleventh leg with back-to-back 180s and left himself on double one after nine darts, but ended up losing the leg as Noppert seized upon missed attempts at the ‘madhouse’ to grab a consolation.
The reigning World Champion made no mistake in hitting double two in the following leg to move within one of victory – which he sealed on double ten, ending with an average of 96.7 and nine maximums.
Noppert was visibly drained after coming through two marathon deciders on the final day in Amsterdam, starting off with a 10-9 victory over Ian White – who had fought back from 9-5 down.
The world number 33 then survived two missed match darts from Dave Chisnall to close out a nail-biting 11-10 victory in the second Semi-Final.
Chisnall had earlier ended the hopes of home hero Raymond van Barneveld in his final televised tournament on Dutch soil, with ‘Chizzy’ producing a late surge to wrap a 10-8 victory.
Noppert’s exploits in Amsterdam see him secure a place in next week’s Grand Slam at the expense of Mensur Suljovic – who needed to make the final himself after opting out of Monday’s qualifying event in Wigan.
“I am very happy with getting to the final,” said Noppert. “It’s been an unbelievable weekend for me.

“In the end I just didn’t have enough and it was very tough against Michael.

“I have confidence and I hope this will help me in the future, I’m disappointed to lose but proud of the way I played this weekend.”

World Series Finals 2019 Results

Sunday November 3
Afternoon Session
Mensur Suljovic 10-9 Krzysztof Ratajski
Michael van Gerwen 10-6 Jonny Clayton
Ian White 9-10 Danny Noppert
Raymond van Barneveld 8-10 Dave Chisnall
Evening Session
Mensur Suljovic 4-11 Michael van Gerwen
Danny Noppert 11-10 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 11-2 Danny Noppert