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Gary Anderson retained his Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters title with a stunning 11-7 victory over three-time Champion Michael van Gerwen, as the first World Series event of 2017 came to a close.
The ‘Flying Scotsman’ averaged an outrageous 110.88 as he ended the Dutchman’s quest to win back the title Anderson took from him the year before at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.
The match began with the pair hitting seven maximums in the opening five legs of the encounter as Van Gerwen opened up a 3-2 lead. Anderson restored parity in the tenth leg with an 11-dart break of throw pinning tops for a 41 finish.
Back-to-back 12-dart legs moved the Scot in to a 9-6 lead, with Anderson eventually going on to claim the title and seal a 11-7 victory. The match saw the first time a televised knockout tournament had seen both players average over 110, with Anderson hitting 12 maximums.
As in the previous year Anderson had to recover from being behind and believes that could give him an edge going forward. Earlier in the day Anderson battled his way in to the decider with a hard fought 11-8 over fellow Scotsman Peter Wright.
The opening five legs saw the pair miss 21 darts at doubles between them but it was Anderson who took advantage, breaking in the fifth leg. The 46-year-old then won four of the next five legs to move in to a 7-3 lead and seemingly close in on the victory.
Wright was not done there though, breaking the Anderson throw to close the gap. The decisive leg was the 18th, where Wright missed six darts to level the match at 9-9 before Anderson moved clear again, breaking in the final leg to seal the win.
The Scots opponent in the final, Michael van Gerwen booked his place in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters with a ruthless 11-3 victory over Gerwyn Price. With the match on throw going in to the first break, Van Gerwen then returned to string together four consecutive legs to pull clear of his opponent.
A 97 average and four maximums for Van Gerwen but it was the skilful finishing that got the Dutchman over the line, hitting 61% of his attempts at a double. It was to be Anderson’s day though as he claimed his second Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters title.
The next PDC World Series of Darts event is the Shanghai Darts Masters from July 6-7 at the Pullman Hotel Shanghai South.
2017 Dubai Duty Free Darts Masters
Wednesday May 24th 6.30pm – 10.00pm
Gerwyn Price 10-9 James Wade
Peter Wright 10-5 Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson 10-3 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 10-5 Raymond van Barneveld
Thursday May 25th 7.00pm – 10.30pm
96.91 Michael van Gerwen 11-3 Gerwyn Price 88.84
99.29 Gary Anderson 11-8 Peter Wright 91.91
110.46 Michael van Gerwen 7-11 Gary Anderson 110.88
|2013||Michael van Gerwen||11-7||Raymond van Barneveld|
|2014||Michael van Gerwen||11-7||Peter Wright|
|2015||Michael van Gerwen||11-8||Phil Taylor|
|2016||Gary Anderson||11-9||Michael van Gerwen|
|2017||Gary Anderson||11-7||Michael van Gerwen|