Van Gerwen immediately took the initiative and placed the first break at 1-1. The 32-year-old from Brabant ran out to 5-2 and then to 7-4 and 10-5. Sometimes Van Gerwen gave Aspinall the idea that there was something to be gained, but after that he walked away fairly quickly.
In the semi-final battle, third-placed Van Gerwen will face Peter Wright. The Scot, the number 2 on the placement list, dealt with the Englishman Michael Smith: 16-7. The other semi-final is between the Belgian defending champion Dimitri Van den Bergh and the Pole Krzysztof Ratajski.
Danny Noppert, Vincent van der Voort, Dirk van Duijvenbode and Jermaine Wattimena flew out of the tournament in the first round, which forms the ‘Triple Crown’ with the World Cup and the Premier League. The prize money is 700,000 pounds of which 150,000 (165,000 euros) for the winner. That was Van Gerwen in 2015 and 2016.