Michael van Gerwen defeats James Wade to win Shanghai Masters title
Last Updated: 26/06/16 5:50pm
Michael van Gerwen claimed the inaugural Shanghai Masters title after a convincing 8-3 win over James Wade.
The world No 1 had defeated fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall on his way to the final and raced into a 7-1 lead before completing victory over Englishman Wade.
Van Gerwen opened the match with a 138 finish and then hit double 20 in successive legs to secure a 3-0 lead.
But Wade, who had earlier beaten both Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor, reduced the deficit with a 116 checkout.
After losing that leg, 'Mighty Mike' reeled off four in a row, and Wade could only claw back two more before the Dutchman captured the silverware with double 16.
"Every win means a lot to me but this is the first Shanghai Darts Masters so it's very special," said Van Gerwen, who ended the final with a 100.54 average. "Everything came together and I'm really glad I won this trophy.
"It's been a very good week in China and it's a pleasure for me to play in tournaments like this. Shanghai's fantastic and to get the win makes it even better.
"James did really well to reach the final, but I hit the right shots at the right time and I'm very happy with how I played."
Shanghai Masters results:
James Wade 8-7 Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor 8-7 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 8-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Dave Chisnall 8-6 Adrian Lewis
James Wade 8-6 Phil Taylor
Michael van Gerwen 8-5 Dave Chisnall
Michael van Gerwen 8-3 James Wade