Michael van Gerwen was eliminated in the semifinals at the UK Open in Milton Keynes on Sunday.

The defending champion was outclassed by a superior Luke Humphries: 5-11.

Van Gerwen couldn't really blame himself.

He put in a great average of 106.2 points, but that was not enough against Humphries (107.41), who only had a quarter-final appearance in a major once before in his career, but seems to have his breakthrough this weekend.

De Brabander immediately fell 0-4 because Humphries achieved a finish above 100 three times.

He did not get a single arrow on the double, but then also showed his class with two finishes above 100, reducing the gap to 2-4.

However, Humphries did not panic and remained great both scoring and finishing, allowing him to run to a 7-2 lead.

Subsequently, a number of legs went with the darts, after which Humphries took the fifteenth and sixteenth leg and secured his first ever victory over Van Gerwen.

Humphries will take on James Wade later in the evening in the final, who surprisingly was 11-6 too strong for the reigning world champion and number one in the world Gerwyn Price in the other semi-final.

Wade has already won the title at the UK Open twice (2008 and 2011).


Luke Humphries completes one of the best wins of his career, reaching the final of the 2021 Ladbrokes UK Open after dumping out reigning champion Michael van Gerwen! James Wade stands between him and the title ...


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Van Gerwen can look back on a good tournament

Van Gerwen grabbed his fourth title at the UK Open - he was the best in 2015, 2016 and last year, but can nevertheless look back on a good tournament.

He consecutively beat Scott Mitchell (10-8), Mensur Suljovic (10-4), José de Sousa and Krzysztof Ratajski (10-7).

The number two in the world, who only saw his new arrows arrive on Thursday, could also use a success, because he started this year moderately.

He immediately stranded in the second round at The Masters and had to settle for one semi-final place in the first four Players Championships.

Van Gerwen was the only Dutchman to reach the quarter-finals at this UK Open.

Martijn Kleermaker still made it to the sixth round.

Dirk van Duijvenbode (fifth round) and Raymond van Barneveld (second round), among others, flew out at a relatively early stage.

The UK Open, the 'FA Cup of darts', normally takes place in Minehead, but will be held behind closed doors in Milton Keynes this year due to the corona measures.

There are also four consecutive Players Championships on the program from 16 to 19 March.