Gary Anderson snatched a hat-trick of World Series titles, by winning the Tokyo Masters beating world number one Michael van Gerwen 8-6. Having already won in Dubai and Auckland, Anderson would have already been full of confidences as the World Matchplay approaches. Van Gerwen had won the other World Series event in Shanghai last weekend. Now the top two players in the world would now go head to head again. The pair shared the first ten legs as they all went with the throw, until the 11th leg when the current world champion broke van Gerwen’s throw with a stunning 161 finish. Anderson finished 108 to take the title 8-6.
As the top stars now head home to the UK, all roads lead to Blackpool for the Matchplay as they players look to get their hands on the second biggest prize in world darts. Van Gerwen is the current holder of the Matchplay after beating James Wade in thrilling final last year. Anderson is yet to win the World Matchplay, but after the back to back World Championship has impressed in recent weeks it would be had to write him off. Since winning the three World Series events, Anderson’s price has been slashed from 8/1 to 9/2, as the bookies fear the Scotsman. The way the year has gone we could well see Anderson and van Gerwen, in another final at Blackpool in just over a week’s time as the pair are in separate halves of the draw.