Adrian Lewis says 'a bug' hampered his practice during World Darts Championship
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 13/01/17 9:30am
Adrian Lewis has revealed that sickness scuppered his bid to win a third World Darts Championship.
The 2011 and 2012 champion crashed out at the last-16 stage in a 4-3 defeat to Raymond van Barneveld to bring a disappointing calendar year to a close.
"Over Christmas, I wasn't very well," Lewis told Sky Sports News HQ. "I had a bug which set me back, because my practice routine went out of the window.
I didn't have the best year. I could have done a lot better but it didn't happen, did it? My timing has been out, more than anything else.
"I was very disappointed but you put it behind you, and move on.
"I didn't have the best year. I could have done a lot better but it didn't happen, did it? My timing has been out, more than anything else.
"I reached the final of the Worlds last year, then Premier League semi-finals and Matchplay semi-finals."
Michael van Gerwen eventually lifted the Sid Waddell trophy to complete a dominant 2016, and Lewis believes the Dutchman now has a target on his back.
"I think so, I think he's certainly raised the bar over the past 12 months. His averages suggest that, he's been phenomenal. We've got to make sure we catch him, he's the man to beat," Lewis said.
"I've got to make sure I'm putting the work in, and staying dedicated."