Former world champions Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen left the stage in a bad mood. For the world-class players from Wales and the Netherlands, the EM dream in Dortmund ended after the first round.
"It's good that there is this rivalry and that not one player in our sport wins everything," Wright told the German Press Agency. His commanding 6:2 win against Ryan Meikle was the exception this time, the other favorites like Price and van Gerwen made a big mistake. "Mighty Mike", as the Dutchman van Gerwen is called, was beaten by the Englishman Chris Dobey 5:6 after a thrilling match. From a German point of view, Martin Schindler (1:6 against José de Sousa) and Gabriel Clemens (4:6 against Jonny Clayton) were also eliminated in round one.