Austrian Darts Open ET4
Michael van Gerwen defeated UK Open Champion Danny Noppert to lift the Austrian Darts Open on Sunday.
Michael van Gerwen picked up his second European Tour title of the year in Graz on Sunday, defeating Danny Noppert 8-5 in the final of the Interwetten Austrian Darts Open.
Van Gerwen backed up his German Darts Championship win in March by defeating fellow-Dutchman Noppert in front of a capacity crowd at the Premstättner Halle to pocket the £25,000 winner’s prize.
The world number three ended last year with just one ranking title to his name, but already has four this time around as the three-time World Champion continues his resurgence in 2022. The tournament reached its climax with Finals Day on Sunday, with the last 16 taking place in the afternoon session before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final in the evening.
Van Gerwen avenged Thursday’s Premier League loss to James Wade in the last 16 tie, coming through a last-leg decider to set up a quarter-final meeting with Dirk van Duijvenbode. Van Gerwen’s most impressive display of the weekend saw him average 106.05 to earn a 6-1 win over his countryman, before seeing off Stephen Bunting 7-5 in the semi-finals.
The final saw Noppert fight back from 3-0 down, hitting a 120 checkout on the way, to level at 3-3 and the pair remained all square four legs later at 5-5. The 12th leg proved decisive as Van Gerwen landed a 14-dart break of throw to open up daylight at 7-5, before following up with another 14-darter to seal victory.
The wait for a maiden European Tour title goes on for Noppert, who reached his first final having previously made the semi-finals on three occasions. The UK Open champion enjoyed victories over Premier League leader Jonny Clayton, Joe Cullen and Nathan Aspinall en route to the final.
It was another encouraging weekend for Aspinall on his return from injury, defeating Madars Razma and Ricky Evans to reach the last four.
Sunday May 1st
Afternoon Session (1300 local time, 1200 BST)
Danny Noppert 6-2 Jonny Clayton
Joe Cullen 6-2 Krzysztof Ratajski
Danny Jansen 0-6 Ricky Evans
Madars Razma 2-6 Nathan Aspinall
Zoran Lerchbacher 1-6 Dirk van Duijvenbode
Michael van Gerwen 6-5 James Wade
Gabriel Clemens 5-6 Rob Cross
Callan Rydz 4-6 Stephen Bunting
Evening Session (1900 local time, 1200 BST)
Danny Noppert 6-1 Joe Cullen
Ricky Evans 5-6 Nathan Aspinall
Dirk van Duijvenbode 1-6 Michael van Gerwen
Rob Cross 4-6 Stephen Bunting
Danny Noppert 7-2 Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen 7-5 Stephen Bunting
Danny Noppert 5-8 Michael van Gerwen