Van Gerwen braced for tough match

Michael van GerwenDutchman Michael van Gerwen insists he will be in for a tough match when he takes on James Wade in the World Grand Prix final on Sunday night (Van Gerwen 4/11 to win, Wade 11/5 – Match Result).

The world champion was far too good for Lakeside champion Stephen Bunting as he hit five 180s and averaged 93.80. Van Gerwen had a 55 per cent success rate on his doubles and he eventually wrapped up a 4-0 win over his opponent from Merseyside.

Wade (10/1 to win 5-3) will be no pushover, with the Englishman in fine form so far this week. He had to dig deep to beat Scotsman Gary Anderson but after a tough match he secured a 4-3 win.

The two-time champion was 3-1 down to Anderson at one point as he hit 13 180s in total at the match.

However, Wade bounced back and he won three sets in a row to reach the final. Van Gerwen insists he is playing well but he admits he will be in for a tough match.

He told Sky Sports: “I played really well, especially the first three sets which were amazing.

“I’m really happy with my performance and my doubles percentage was really good. It’s something I can build-up to the final.

“I know how to win this title, but I want to win it again. I’m going to play James Wade and it’s going to be a tough match.”

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