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Van Gerwen to face Whitlock in semi-finals of World Matchplay

ESPN staff
July 24, 2014
Michael van Gerwen was made to work for his win over Dave Chisnall © Getty Images

Michael van Gerwen's quest to lift a maiden World Matchplay title continues as he reached the semi-finals following a 16-12 victory over Dave Chisnall.

The world champion was forced to dig deep in the closing stages of the match as he trailed 11-10 and 12-11 as he won five legs on the spin to seal a spot in the last four.

The Dutchman fell 3-0 behind as Chisnall began confidently. Van Gerwen battled back to 3-3 and the pair were never separated by more than two legs right up until the 26th leg.

Van Gerwen will face Simon Whitlock in the semi-finals after the Australian booked his place in the last four with a 16-10 win over 2007 champion James Wade.

Wade made a lightning start by taking the opening four legs - with top finishes of 81 and 71 putting him in command of the encounter.

However, Whitlock took the following two legs to trail 4-2 with finishes on tops and double 10. Wade claimed the seventh leg with a 13-darter, but Whitlock raised his level by winning seven legs in succession to go 9-5 up.

Wade closed the gap to three legs at 9-6, but Whitlock with finishes of 74 and double eight pulled further clear at 11-6.

Once again Wade close the gap to three, this time at 11-8, but Whitlock powered to the finish line by taking five of the next seven legs to win the match.

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