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Michael van Gerwen left “sick” after sudden death defeat in World Darts Championship Semi-Finals

Van Gerwen departs the Ally Pally stage (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Michael van Gerwen believes he deserved to come away as a winner in an epic sudden death shoot-out with Rob Cross in the World Championship Semi-Finals on Saturday, but admits missed doubles proved his key downfall.

In one of the most pulsating matches in World Championship history, Cross produced the performance of his career to deny the odds-on title favourite in a sudden death leg after Van Gerwen had missed six match darts.

The duo each won 27 legs and tallied up a combined total of 31 maximums as they thrilled a capacity Alexandra Palace crowd in a contest which will live long in the memory.

Van Gerwen looked in pole position to reach his fourth world final after coming from 4-3 down to lead 5-4, but was left to rue a handful of missed opportunities to get over the line.

After the match, a despondent Van Gerwen told RTL7: "I hate losing, especially in this tournament.

"I think I was better than Rob but on the important moments I could not bring something extra.

"Missing these doubles was extremely painful. There was nothing I could do about it, he played really well, all credit to him, but I should have won this. 

"My scoring was good at the right moments but my doubles let me down, I can only blame myself and nobody else."

Cross, who ended with an average of 101, becomes only the second player ever to reach a PDC World Championship final in their debut campaign as he continues his meteoric rise.

Van Gerwen averaged 102.44 and hit sixteen 180s, but missed a staggering 58 darts at doubles - a record amount in a World Championship Semi-Final.

The Dutch superstar claimed 18 tournament victories in 2018, including the Premier League, European Championship and Grand Slam, but ended his unforgettable year by surrendering the Sid Waddell trophy.

Van Gerwen praised the efforts of the Hastings newcomer, but believes he would have been the deserving winner on the balance of play.

"Of course he’s a great winner, but I think I deserved to win this match to be quite honest," he added. 

"I had six match darts and normally I don’t miss that many. I'm sick of it.

"I think this is just his year, he had the luck going for him, it's that simple. 

"Those doubles were so close on the wire, I’m sick about that, Normally that doesn't happen to me and I'm the only one to blame for it."


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Michael van Gerwen left “sick” after sudden death defeat in World Darts Championship Semi-Finals

Michael van Gerwen believes he deserved to come away as a winner in an epic sudden death shoot-out with Rob Cross in the World Championship Semi-Finals on Saturday, but admits missed doubles proved his key downfall.

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