Lewis revels in title defence
Adrian Lewis says it will take time to acknowledge his achievement after retaining the World Darts Championship.
Last Updated: 03/01/12 11:46am
Adrian Lewis admitted it would take time for him to acknowledge his achievement after he successfully defended his PDC World Championship crown at Alexandra Palace.
The 26-year-old became only the third player in the sport's history to win their first world title and retain it the following year.
As well as matching the achievements of Eric Bristow and Raymond van Barneveld, 'Jackpot' lived up to his nickname by scooping the £200,000 first prize.
He hit 11 180s and also took out three ton-plus finishes to defeat 'The Hammer', who put up a dogged performance without ever looking like causing an upset.
"It means the world to me to win the title again," said Lewis. "It hasn't really sunk in yet but I'm sure it will when I wake up again with the trophy!
"Andy never gave up and landed some superb checkouts himself, but I hit the right finishes at the right times.
"It was a little bit like my semi-final against James Wade when I was 5-1 (down before winning 6-5). I refused to give in and that's why I'm standing here once again with the trophy."
Lewis also paid tribute to his opponent who refused to throw in the towel.
"Andy never gave up, and landed some superb checkouts of him own," he added.
"He's played superbly throughout this championship, and in my opinion, fully deserves a place in the Premier League."
Hamilton, who had the consolation of the £100,000 runners-up cheque, said: "I wanted to win so badly tonight, but it wasn't to be in the end.
"I've learnt a lot about myself during this tournament, and I know that I will come back a better and stronger player."