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Van Gerwen dumped out by Suljovic at UK Open

Michael van Gerwen led the high-profile exits on the opening night of the UK Open after suffering a shock fourth-round loss to Mensur Suljovic in Minehead.

Suljovic battled back from 5-2 down, firing in a 118 checkout to win the first of five consecutive legs on his way to a 10-7 victory over the three-time UK Open champion.

Andrew Gilding opened his title defence with a 10-7 victory against Josh Payne and former world champion Michael Smith defeated Joe Cullen by the same margin, while Peter Wright thrashed Joshua Richardson 10-3.

Raymond van Barneveld was beaten in a final-leg decider by Luke Woodhouse and Jonny Clayton also needed a final leg to defeat Tim Wolters, as Graham Usher produced a 100 finish in the deciding leg to claim a surprise win over Ryan Searle.

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Where does the Premier League head next?

The Premier League continues in Brighton, as league leader Van Gerwen takes on Night Five runner-up Rob Cross in a battle of the former world champions.

Nathan Aspinall faces Luke Littler in another eye-catching showdown, Luke Humphries meets Gerwyn Price in a repeat of last year’s World Grand Prix final, while Michael Smith plays Peter Wright.

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