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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN claimed a third European Tour title of the year with victory at the German Darts Open in Saarbrucken on Sunday.

Van Gerwen earned a sixth tournament victory from the ten tournaments he has competed in since winning the World Championship on New Year’s Day.

The world number one defeated Ian White 8-3 in the decider after surviving match darts in earlier wins against Nathan Aspinall and Dave Chisnall.

“I had to play well in this tournament because I was pushed against Nathan Aspinall and Dave Chisnall, and Ian came back quite well in the final too,” said Van Gerwen, who has won six of the ten tournaments he has played in 2019.

“But I always felt quite comfortable and I always believe in myself, you can never give up.

“I knew I had never won here before so I had to win it today and I think I played a phenomenal tournament. I feel great and I’m really happy to be the winner.”

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