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Van Gerwen storms into UK Open quarter-finals

ESPN staff
March 8, 2014
Michael van Gerwen is looking to win his first UK Open title © Getty Images

Michael van Gerwen emphatically booked his place in the quarter-finals of the UK Open after beating Mark Webster 9-4 in Minehead.

The reigning world and Premier League champion has yet to win the event, but is closing in on another major title after coming from 3-2 behind to get the better of former Lakeside world champion Webster.

Webster had led 3-2 after the first session, but Van Gerwen claimed all five legs in the second to race into a 7-3 advantage. Webster pulled a leg back to stop the rot, but Van Gerwen clinched the win on double 16 to see off the Welshman.

Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis brushed Raymond van Barneveld aside in a 9-2 demolition, with Kevin Painter beating Dean Winstanley 9-5.

Terry Jenkins edged out two-time UK Open champion James Wade 9-8, while Mervyn King reached a maiden last eight at the event with a 9-6 victory over Christian Kist. Former Premier League champion Gary Anderson was beaten 9-7 by Ian White, with Mensur Suljovic beating Jamie Lewis 9-5.

Aden Kirk's incredible tournament came to an end after he lost 9-7 to Brendan Dolan. Kirk, who put out Phil Taylor on Friday and Peter Wright on Saturday afternoon, could not claim the scalp of Dolan, despite being level at 7-7.

Quarter-final draw
Michael van Gerwen v Ian White
Terry Jenkins v Brendan Dolan
Adrian Lewis v Mensur Suljovic
Kevin Painter v Mervyn King

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