Michael van Gerwen fails because of Scott Williams

Michael van Gerwen fails because of Scott Williams

Michael van Gerwen spoke out on social media after the renewed disappointment at the Darts World Cup. “Incredible. This is not the way I wanted to start 2024. “I didn’t bring my A-game, this defeat hits me hard,” the 34-year-old Dutchman wrote on Platform X on Tuesday night, formerly Twitter. Van Gerwen had previously completely surprisingly lost his quarter-final against England’s Scott Williams 3:5.

It is the fifth consecutive World Cup in which van Gerwen does not win the trophy. He won his previous titles in 2014, 2017 and 2019.

“Beating him is crazy.”

This time, van Gerwen reminded of his previous dominance in the first few laps. He easily won the first three games against Irishman Keane Barry (3:0), Dutchman Richard Veenstra (4:0) and England’s co-favorite Stephen Bunting (4:0).

“Michael is the best player of our generation. To have defeated him on this stage is crazy,” said surprise winner Williams. He had previously defeated the seeds Danny Noppert (Netherlands), Martin Schindler (Germany) and Australia’s Damon Heta. In the semi-finals he will face year’s leader Luke Humphries.

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For “Cool Hand Luke”, after an excellent season, it’s not just about reaching the World Cup final, but also about taking first place in the world rankings for the first time. If Humphries wins, he will replace dethroned world champion Michael Smith. If he loses, van Gerwen will jump back to the top despite being eliminated in the quarterfinals.

16-year-old Littler is favorite

After van Gerwen’s retirement, Luke Littler is considered the top candidate for the world title. The 16-year-old super talent from England played his way into the center of attention like no other player before him at Alexandra Palace in London. After the quarter-finals on New Year’s Day, it is already clear that the world champion comes from England.

“Wow, I’m in the semi-finals on my debut. I’m glad I did it. I deserve it with my achievements. Now I’m dreaming. I’m still two games away. “I’m definitely thinking about winning the title,” Littler said.

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The 5:1 against Brendan Dolan was the fifth clear win in this tournament. Even against former champion Rob Cross, “The Nuke” is the favorite. After his 5:4 win after being 0:4 behind against Chris Dobey, the 2018 world champion should start the semi-finals this Tuesday (from 8:30 p.m./DAZN and Sport1) with some tailwind.

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