Van Gerwen shocked at World Matchplay

Two-time champion and world number one Michael van Gerwen was a surprise early casualty at the World Matchplay on Saturday.

Van Gerwen lifted the title in 2015 and 2016, while also making the final in 2014, but there will be no repeat this year after the lowest ranked player in the tournament caused a major upset.

No one had expected Jeffrey de Zwaan to trouble his fellow Dutchman, but Van Gerwen was uncharacteristically wasteful, missing what would normally be simple darts.

De Zwaan hit a 121 checkout to level the first-round match at 6-6, and from there he never looked back.

As Van Gerwen missed double top and the bullseye, De Zwaan made no mistake to surge to a 10-6 victory and blow the competition wide open.

"I don't believe it," De Zwaan told Sky Sports. "Wow!"

"I don't know why he was struggling. He was hitting 24s - that was the moment I knew I'd got him."

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