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Overjoyed Dimitri Van den Bergh credits victory at the UK Open to collaboration with a sports psychologist: “This is just the beginning”

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Dancing Dimi has done it: after a nerve-wracking final of the UK Open, Dimitri Van den Bergh (29) has won his second major of his career. For example, he can credit no less than 128,000 euros to his bank account. “I gave collaboration with a sports psychologist a chance and it was the right choice,” he beamed afterwards.

For the first time since 2021, Van den Bergh was in the final of a major, but there was no sign of that. Van den Bergh started energetically, just like in the quarter-finals, world champion Luke Humphries had no answer ready. After nine legs the score was 7-2 in favor of ‘Dancing Dimi’ and it looked very good.

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But you’re never done with Humphries. The world champion got into his rhythm better and fought back to 8-8. Could Van den Bergh still recover? Yes! Van den Bergh kept his cool and won the next leg: 9-8. Win two more legs and victory was for Van den Bergh. And the next leg also went to the Antwerp player: 10-8.

In the last leg, Van den Bergh’s nerves seemed to take over, as he always waited a particularly long time before throwing. Van den Bergh got five arrows to finish it off, but missed each time. Humphries did it and came back to 10-9. And now Van den Bergh missed an arrow to finish it and again Humphries finished it. We had a final, decisive leg.

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Humphries threw a 180 in the all-deciding leg and put Van den Bergh under pressure. Both Van den Bergh and Humphries seemed to collapse under the pressure, as they both missed a match arrow. In the end it was our compatriot who took the lead and became the winner of the UK Open.

For Van den Bergh it was his fourth final ever at a Major. In 2020 he won his first major of his career at the World Matchplay, and in 2021 he finished second twice at the World Matchplay and the World Series.

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Van den Bergh: “I gave sports psychologist a chance”

“I still have no words for it. When I was 10-8 up, I thought: ‘I’m one leg away from winning, I can win this.’ And I lost my cool. I lost my guts,” Van den Bergh said afterwards. “I’ve always been suspicious of a sports psychologist. But I realized it might be my last choice if I wanted to get better. So I gave it a chance. And it was the right choice.”

“This is the icing on the cake. And it was unexpected. I have now won a major for the second time in my career, how should I respond to this? I almost can not believe it. But I feel like this is just the beginning.”

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“Now take the example of Michael van Gerwen. He has knocked me so many times. My sports psychologist decided to focus specifically on NMDS. That’s okay with me. I told Mike, ‘listen mate, one day I’m going to beat you’. I know it’s going to happen. This is a fantastic achievement. For my psychologist, for myself, my family… But, this is just the beginning. The sky’s the limit, right?”

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