Thursday, December 29, 2011

Lewis maintains title dream

Adrian Lewis says it "would mean the world to him" to successfully defend his Ladbrokes PDC World Championship after he booked his last-eight place with a 4-0 hammering of Wayne Jones on Wednesday.

After some below-par performance so far in the tournament, Lewis finally showed his true form to become the first player to secure a quarter-final place at Alexandra Palace. Those following the World darts Championship odds online should remember this.

The reigning champion needed just 45 darts to take the opening set, as he landed a 106 checkout in the second leg on the way to making the perfect start.
Jones was second best throughout but eventually took his first leg of the match, thanks to double eight, at the start of the second set but failed to build on it and was 2-0 down shortly after.

Jones did his best to respond and was 2-1 up in the third set, only for 'Jackpot' to rediscover his touch when landing a 109 checkout to level it at 2-2 before a double tops in the next handed him the third set.

The fourth set was then wrapped up quickly by the Stoke-born star as he secured the 4-0 whitewash that will leave his rivals fearful Lewis is back to his best.

Afterwards he admitted his form has been patchy but is determined to keep his dream alive of retaining the title.

"In the practice room I was hitting 180s for fun, then I couldn't hit one up there," he told Sky Sports. "But I couldn't hit a double in practice, then up there you can see what I'm capable of."

"I don't think any player who has won it for the first time has then come back and defended it. To actually do that...that'd mean the world to me," he added.

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