MVG aims to take down Bunting

Michael van Gerwen 18571067Michael van Gerwen says he wants to draw a line under his edgy victory over Mervyn King and focus on Saturday’s World Grand Prix semi-final with Stephen Bunting (Van Gerwen 1/3, Bunting 9/4 Match Prices).

The world champion was a strong favourite to beat the Englishman in Friday’s quarter-finals but trailed King for most of the match before nailing a double eight in the deciding leg of the final set to advance to the last four.

It was far from vintage Van Gerwen at the Citywest Hotel, who thrilled at times but was unable to dominate his opponent, with King showing why he has been one of the most consistent players in the PDC over the past decade.

But he rose to the occasion when it mattered most to hit the all-important double and will now square off with Bunting, who beat Richie Burnett, for a place in the final.

With Phil Taylor now out of the tournament following his defeat to James Wade, van Gerwen is the 11/10 favourite to win the whole event.

And he now wants to move on from his close call with ‘The King’ and pour all his efforts into reaching the final.

“I must forget this and tomorrow is a new day,” said the Dutchman after his triumph. “I’m in the semi-finals and that’s the most important thing.”

Gary Anderson will play Wade in the other last-four clash after beating Kevin Painter 3-2 in another tense and hard-fought quarter-final match (Wade Evens, Anderson 4/5 Match Prices).

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