Michael van Gerwen won his first group match at the Grand Slam of Darts without any problems on Monday. ‘MVG’ was too strong for Adam Hunt, 5-0. Dirk van Duijvenbode stunted against world champion Peter Wright (5-4), while Jermaine Wattimena also caused a big surprise by winning 5-1 against Glen Durrant.
Van Gerwen had a difficult run-up to the tournament, partly due to back problems, but was old-fashioned dominant against the 27-year-old Hunt.
The number one in the world recorded an impressive average of 105.85 with three arrows and did not give the debuting Hunt any chance to surprise at his baptism of fire.
Van Gerwen will play his second group match in Coventry against Gabriel Clemens on Tuesday. The German was too strong for Joe Cullen earlier in the evening, 5-2.
‘Mighty Mike’ hunts in Coventry for his fourth overall victory at the Grand Slam of Darts. Previously he was the best in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Defending champion Gerwyn Price, who has won the past two editions, got through the eye of the needle against Mikuru Suzuki in his first group match. The Japanese world champion for women received four match darts, but saw ‘The Iceman’ still win 5-4.
Van Duijvenbode and Wattimena stunt
Van Duijvenbode started his group stage with a handsome victory over reigning world champion Wright. ‘The Titan’ was immediately broken by ‘Snakebite’ in the first leg, but immediately broke back, after which a fascinating fight ensued.
In the decisive and blood-curdling ninth leg, Van Duijvenbode missed no less than six match darts, but on the seventh it was a double 4.
Premier League winner Durrant was clearly not the old one against Wattimena given his mediocre average of just under 79 per inning, after he tested positive for the corona virus at the end of October.
Wattimena didn’t play to the best of his ability either, but an average of just over 91 per three arrows was enough to simply take the win.
‘The Machine Gun’ managed to break ‘Duzza’ directly into the opening leg and quickly ran to 4-0, before his opponent managed to get his first and only leg on the board. Wattimena then finished with double 16.
Winner receives more than 139,000 euros
The Grand Slam of Darts has been on the PDC calendar since 2007 and is the only television tournament to begin with a group stage. The tournament lasts until next Tuesday. The winner will receive a cash prize of £ 125,000 (over £ 139,000).
Normally the Grand Slam is held in Wolverhampton. However, due to the corona pandemic, this edition will be finished in the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.