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Michael van Gerwen delighted to earn last-four spot at World Matchplay

World number one Michael van Gerwen admits that he was delighted to see off the challenge of Ian White to reach the World Matchplay semi-finals.

Michael van Gerwen has revealed that he felt "emotional" after edging past Ian White in a thrilling contest at the World Matchplay.

The world number one found himself facing a 6-1 deficit before overcoming the Stoke-on-Trent thrower by a 16-13 scoreline, and the 2014 world champion believes that he can improve during the latter stages of the tournament.

The 26-year-old is quoted by PDC.tv as saying: "It's amazing to win a game like this. Ian played fantastic darts but I played really well and hit the doubles at the end, so it's a big pressure off my shoulders.

"To win a game like this is quite emotional and fantastic. Ian put me under pressure constantly and full credit to him. I was struggling at times and I know I can play better, but I'm glad to win this game and proud to be in the semi-finals again."

Van Gerwen, who finished runner-up to Phil Taylor last year, will play Peter Wright in the semi-finals on Saturday.

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Michael van Gerwen of Holland celebrates winning a leg during his third round match against Terry Jenkins of England during the William Hill PDC World Darts Championships on Day Nine at Alexandra Palace on December 29, 2014
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