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Wright: I took it too simple and was punished

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Wright is the first reigning champion to be eliminated in the last 32 stages since Phil Taylor in the 2014 edition. The Scot shot in nine 180s, but had to rue 30 missed darts in a double pack.

Last updated: 12/27/20 11:39 PM

Wright's hopes to keep the Sid Waddell Trophy were ended by a clinical Gabriel Clemens at Alexandra Palace

Peter Wright had to regret missed opportunities after his tenure as world champion was ended by Gabriel Clemens on an exciting night at Alexandra Palace.

The number 2 in the world was punished for their waste in the initial stages of the competition. She wasted 20 of his first 24 double attempts when Clemens took a 2-1 advantage.

Wright corrected matters to simplify the process, but Clemens kept the nerve to prevail on one dramatic leg with sudden death and achieve the greatest victory of his career.

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Wright's misery was compounded by Michael van Gerwen's emphatic 4-0 win over Ricky Evans less than an hour later, eliminating any possibility of the Scot becoming the new world number one.

The 50-year-old is also the first reigning champion to be eliminated in the final 32-streak since Phil Taylor was eliminated by Michael Smith in 2014, and he has offered an open view of his performance.

"I felt very good up there. I had my chances in the opening sets and missed a lot of doubles," Wright told Sky Sports' Michael Bridge.

"Fair play for Gabriel – he wouldn't go away and when he went away I didn't punish him. I had my chances there and didn't take them. All the best for him in the next round.

"I was looking forward to playing Krzysztof (Ratajski). That's why I switched to these diamond arrows."

1:34 Peter Wright had to regret the missed opportunities after his dramatic defeat by Gabriel Clemens

Peter Wright had to regret the missed opportunities after his dramatic defeat by Gabriel Clemens

Wright spearheaded the tournament's opening night on December 15 – the lonely evening fans were allowed to attend before London entered Tier 3 of Covid-19 restrictions.

The world's elite have plenty of experience playing behind closed doors through 2020, but Wright suggested that a lack of adrenaline was a factor in his bland portrayal.

"The stage up there feels great. It's a very different feeling – I played with crowds there," he said.

"No player has an excuse, it's that easy to play up there. I took it too lightly and got punished, so people out there, don't take it too lightly just because the crowd isn't there.

"I felt so comfortable. It felt like I was playing at home right now. It was easy, too easy, and when I tuned in for a double, I missed it. I can't explain why, I did just done it. "

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0:59 Clemens got the biggest win of his career when he defeated world champion Peter Wright in round three of the world championship

Clemens got the biggest win of his career when he defeated world champion Peter Wright in round three of the world championship

"That's how darts works sometimes and I'll see you here next year."

In contrast, Clemens was speechless when he became the first German player to reach the last 16 in the history of the World Cup.

While Wright had an average of 101.5 and nine highs, & # 39; The German Giant & # 39; on the outer ring clinical and converted 45 percent of his duplicate attempts to schedule a meeting with Krzysztof Ratajski for a place in the last eight.

"This is the biggest night of my life with darts, I have no words", Clemens admitted.

2:55 Clemens was left without words after defeating the world champion in a seven-sentence thriller

Clemens was left without words after defeating the world champion in a seven-sentence thriller

"Peter is a world champion, he's a fantastic player and a great guy. I'm so happy to beat him. This is an amazing night for me.

"I'm the lucky one, he missed a lot of doubles that he normally doesn't miss, but I'm proud of myself.

"I've felt good in the last few weeks, I've been practicing hard. I'm not looking too far ahead now, I'll let this result take effect first."

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