Austrian Darts Open results: Michael van Gerwen beats Ian White to title

Michael van Gerwen won the Austrian Darts Open final (Picture: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)
Michael van Gerwen won the Austrian Darts Open final (Picture: Kais Bodensieck/PDC Europe)

Michael van Gerwen survived more than one scare to win the Austrian Darts Open, beating Ian White 8-7 in Sunday's final.

The three-time world champion combined three convincing wins with two hard-fought ones to scoop the title but only after White had taken him the distance.

Earlier, Peter Wright fought back from 3-0 and 5-3 down to force a decider, but on both occasions van Gerwen had the answers.

It was a third victory in the event for van Gerwen, who also saw off Steve Lennon, Stephen Bunting and Daryl Gurney along the way.

Against Gurney in the semi-final - a rematch of their Premier League encounter won by the Northern Irishman on Thursday - van Gerwen threw checkouts of 170 and 164 in back-to-back legs.

That level was absent through much of the final, but five maximums and a 13-dart closing leg proved enough.

Sunday's final was a repeat of last weekend's German Darts Open final, which van Gerwen had won 8-3. This time, things would be a good deal closer.

White took an early 3-1 lead as he followed up two 14-darters with a 138 checkout, only for van Gerwen to win three in a row and move 4-3 up.

The pair then traded the next four legs before a 13-dart break of throw from Van Gerwen saw him open up a 7-5 lead and move to the brink of victory.

Legs of 14 and 15 darts from White saw him take the contest all the way, but van Gerwen - with the advantage of throw - produced a timely 13-darter to secure yet another triumph.

White had followed up Saturday's win over Jamie Hughes with a big 6-1 win over Keegan Brown in round three, and landed a ten-darter during his quarter-final with Steve Beaton before sealing a 6-2 win with a 126 bullseye finish.

White then defeated James Wade 7-4 in the semi-finals, with the first eight legs being shared before the left-hander's miss at tops, for a 160 finish in leg nine, allowed him in for a key 11-darter before he pulled clear.

Wade's run to the semi-finals surpassed his quarter-final appearance in March's European Darts Open, as he defeated Premier League rivals Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price on Sunday.

He was eventually undone by White, who punished a key miss at tops to complete a 160 finish in leg nine - with the scores locked at 4-4 - to break with an 11-darter before pulling away for victory.

Gurney saw off Mark Webster and Adrian Lewis in his first two games on Sunday, but saw his hopes of claiming a fourth successive win over van Gerwen dashed by the world number one.

Wright was a quarter-finalist for a third time this year on the European Tour before he was edged out by van Gerwen, while Lewis was a quarter-finalist for a second successive weekend.

Beaton followed up last weekend's nine-darter at the German Darts Open by overcoming 2018 world champion Rob Cross to reach his first European Tour quarter-final since September 2017.

Price finished six doubles from eight attempts in his third round win over Darius Labanauskas, but suffered defeat for a second time in four days to Wade as his hopes were ended in the last eight.

Friday April 26

Afternoon Session

  • Keegan Brown 6-4 Conan Whitehead
  • Boris Koltsov 6-5 Johan Engstrøm
  • Steve Lennon 6-1 Jamie Bain
  • Tytus Kanik 6-2 Dietmar Burger
  • Stephen Bunting 6-4 Patrick van den Boogaard
  • John Henderson 6-4 Ross Smith
  • Darius Labanauskas 6-1 Michael Rasztovits
  • Mark Webster 6-1 Dirk van Duijvenbode

Evening Session

  • Mark Barilli 3-6 Steve Beaton
  • Andrew Gilding 5-6 Chris Dobey
  • Diogo Portela 1-6 Ryan Searle
  • Kim Huybrechts 2-6 Nathan Aspinall
  • Jamie Hughes 6-3 Patrick Tringler
  • Raymond van Barneveld 6-1 Mark Wilson
  • Mervyn King 6-4 Devon Petersen
  • Jeffrey de Zwaan 6-1 Banjamin Fasching

Saturday May 4

Afternoon Session

  • Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Ricky Evans
  • Mark Webster 6-5 Joe Cullen
  • Steve Beaton 6-4 Michael Smith
  • Daryl Gurney 6-2 Boris Koltsov
  • Nathan Aspinall 6-4 Dave Chisnall
  • Tytus Kanik 6-2 Jonny Clayton
  • Adrian Lewis 6-5 Ryan Searle
  • Stephen Bunting 6-0 Darren Webster

Evening Session

  • Gerwyn Price 6-3 John Henderson
  • Rob Cross 6-5 Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Peter Wright 6-5 Chris Dobey
  • Michael van Gerwen 6-0 Steve Lennon
  • James Wade 6-2 Mervyn King
  • Mensur Suljovic 6-4 Raymond Van Barneveld
  • Ian White 6-5 Jamie Hughes
  • Keegan Brown 6-4 Max Hopp

Sunday May 5

Afternoon Session

  • Michael van Gerwen 6-1 Stephen Bunting
  • Peter Wright 6-5 Tytus Kanik
  • Adrian Lewis 6-1 Nathan Aspinall
  • Daryl Gurney 6-2 Mark Webster
  • Gerwyn Price 6-4 Darius Labanauskas
  • Mensur Suljovic 3-6 James Wade
  • Rob Cross 2-6 Steve Beaton
  • Ian White 6-1 Keegan Brown

Evening Session

  • Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Peter Wright
  • Adrian Lewis 5-6 Daryl Gurney
  • Gerwyn Price 4-6 James Wade
  • Steve Beaton 2-6 Ian White

Semi-Finals (Best of 13 legs)

  • Michael van Gerwen 7-3 Daryl Gurney
  • James Wade 4-7 Ian White

Final (Best of 15 legs)

  • Michael van Gerwen 8-7 Ian White

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