Dublin win makes MVG greedy for more glory

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MICHAEL VAN GER­WEN be­lieves his stun­ning form in the World Grand Prix has set him up for the re­main­der of this year.

The Dutch­man (right) won the £400,000 tour­na­ment in Dublin when he beat James Wade in Sun­day’s fi­nal.

The World Cham­pi­onships are just two months away, and Van Ger­wen looks the man to beat in darts’ great­est show.

He said: “I am No.1 in the world and I want to stay there for as long as pos­si­ble.

“I have to deal with play­ers like Ray­mond van Barn­eveld, Phil Tay­lor, Adrian Lewis, James Wade and Gary An­der­son.

“But I showed them what I can do in Dublin.”

Van Ger­wen, 25, now has a week­end off be­fore he re­turns to the oche in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships that be­gin on Oc­to­ber 24.

His bid for more glory starts with a first-round clash against Justin Pipe.

“I think I can do just as well in the next cou­ple of tour­na­ments,” added MVG.

“All that mat­ters is win­ning and stay­ing at the top.”

Wade had chances to beat Van Ger­wen in a nervy fi­nal, but was re­lieved to be back on song after a year where he has suf­fered with health is­sues.

“There were two sets there where I had mas­sive shots and I didn’t take them,” said Wade.

“Michael took his chances. He’s great and he’s the man to beat at the mo­ment.

“It’s a step in the right di­rec­tion for me be­ing back in a big fi­nal, so I’ll take the pos­i­tives from that.

“I’m back to where I be­long, play­ing good darts again.”

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