Van Gerwen Edges Out Littler
In an exhilarating final in Berlin, Michael van Gerwen narrowly secured victory over the teenage sensation, Luke Littler, denying Littler his first Premier League season win.
The German capital witnessed an intense showdown that required a deciding leg to determine the winner.
Littler, a 17-year-old prodigy, found himself on the verge of victory but missed two match darts at double 10, providing Van Gerwen with an opportunity to capitalize.
Despite Van Gerwen’s initial failure to hit a bullseye, he clinched a 6-5 victory with a successful double four.
Van Gerwen’s Impressive Performance
The reigning champion and record seven-time Premier League champion, Michael van Gerwen, hailed the night as “fantastic” after a series of high-quality matches.
Reflecting on his performance, Van Gerwen expressed satisfaction with his ability to deliver crucial moments and maintain pressure on his opponents.
Having battled back from a 4-1 deficit against Nathan Aspinall in the quarter-final, Van Gerwen demonstrated resilience and skill throughout the event.
Littler’s Journey to the Final
Luke Littler, despite missing out on victory in the final, showcased his talent with successive 6-5 wins over Rob Cross and Luke Humphries.
His journey to the final included a third consecutive win over Humphries, marking a remarkable achievement for the 17-year-old after last month’s World Championship final defeat.
Hope for Future Encounters
Van Gerwen expressed his desire to continue facing Littler in future finals, highlighting their recent encounters and the competitive spirit between them.
The two players had previously met in the Bahrain Masters, where Littler secured the title as a 16-year-old, and in the Dutch Masters, where Van Gerwen emerged victorious.
Looking ahead, Van Gerwen expressed optimism about maintaining their rivalry throughout the Premier League season.
Premier League Standings and Next Stop
With the semi-final in Berlin, Michael Smith retained the top spot in the Premier League standings after his previous win in Cardiff.
Van Gerwen and Littler closely follow with five points each, positioning Van Gerwen as the second in the table after securing victory in the second round of the series.
The Premier League season, consisting of 17 events, will continue in Glasgow on February 15, promising more intense competition and thrilling matches.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn