‘ I’ll be back’ vows Adams af­ter early Lake­side loss

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Darts - By Mark­plum­mer mark. plum­mer@ jpress. co. uk @ Ptmarkplum­mer

Martin Adams has al­ready set his sights on win­ning the world ti­tle again.

TheDeep­ing le­gend bowed­out of the Lake­side WorldCham­pi­onship­when­los­ing3- 2toDutch teenagerJim­myHen­driksi­nan open­ing- round shock.

It was only the fifth time in 20con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ances in the flag­ship BDO tour­na­ment that ‘ Wolfie’ has fallen at the first hur­dle.

A poor per­for­mance and dis­ap­point­ingde­featatFrim­ley Green pre­dictably prompted plenty of ques­tions over three­time cham­pi­onA­dams’fu­ture.

But the 56 year- old - who ruled his side of the dart­ing world in 2007, 2010 and 2011 - has to­day de­liv­ered an em­phatic an­swer by in­sist­ing he hasno­planstop­ut­down­his­ar­rows just yet.

Adams said: “I am a dart player, I love bein­gadart­player and I have ab­so­lutely no plans to do any­thing other than be a dart player.

“Darts has been­mylife for a long time and my pas­sion and ap­petite for the game has not dropped at all.

“I still en­joy throw­ing darts just as much as I al­ways have andIstill be­lieve I can­com­pete against the best.

“I’ve won three world ti­tles and three World Masters. Not many peo­ple can say that.

“But I still want to win more ti­tles and that is what will in­spire meto­gob­ack­tothe­draw- ing board and work hard on my game.

“I’ll be hit­ting the tour­na­ment cir­cuit hard and mak­ing sure I get the re­sult to get back to Lake­side next year.”

Adamshas­bee­nout­of­sorts for much of the past year while deal­ing with per­sonal prob­lems.

He also ad­mits a dra­matic weight loss has not helped his game yet he twice clawed him­self level against Hen­driks - an 18 year- old World Cham­pi­onship debu­tantwhoboast­saglit­ter­ing CV from his ju­nior days.

But count­less missed dou­bles at darts even­tu­ally caught up­with­himinthede­cid­ingset.

Headded:“I’ve lost just over three stone andthat does af­fect your darts.

“It means I’ve not quite got the strength and power in the arm that I had be­fore

“I need to work hard on ad­just­ing mygame­andim­prov­ing it go­ing for­ward.

“I still scored pretty well but it was just a day when the dou­bles didn’t want to go in.

“And if you don’t hit your dou­bles, you will not win darts matches. It really is as sim­ple as that.”

Martin Adams ( right) con­grat­u­lates his con­queror Jimmy Hen­driks af­ter their first- round clash.

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