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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN continued his fine start to 2019 with a Unibet Premier League victory over Mensur Suljovic in Glasgow on Thursday.

Van Gerwen became the only player to secure back-to-back victories from the opening two nights of action in this year’s event – after already winning the World Championship, Masters and a Players Championship title in 2019.

World number one Van Gerwen raced into a 3-0 lead, before Suljovic showed resistance to get himself back within a leg of the Dutchman at 3-2.

That was as close as the World Matchplay finalist came to restoring parity, as Van Gerwen reeled off four of the next five legs to go top of the table.

“I wasn’t playing well in practice and I wasn’t at my best tonight but a win is a win and overall I’m happy with my game,” said four-time Premier League Champion Van Gerwen.

“I did what I had to do at the key moments and now I’m top of the table I want to stay there, but there’s a long way to go.”

Van Gerwen takes on Rob Cross in Dublin next weekend.

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