Jamie Lewis determined to recapture World Championship form - Live Darts TV

Jamie Shaw in Live Darts TV 29 May 2018
Lewis celebrates during the World Championship (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Jamie Lewis admits he has “expected to do a lot better” since reaching the Semi-Finals of the World Championship but is firmly focused on booking his place in the upcoming majors.

Lewis, 26, enjoyed a sensational run to the Last Four at Alexandra Palace last December after coming through the PDPA Qualifier in a third place play-off.

The Welshman's remarkable run saw him see off Kenny Neyens in the Preliminary Round before dispatching Jonny Clayton, Peter Wright, James Richardson and Darren Webster in an unforgettable fortnight.

His hopes of a fairy-tale first world title were to be halted by the legendary Phil Taylor at the Semi-Final stage, but his exploits catapulted him into the darting limelight and provided a potential springboard to a lengthy spell in the top echelons of the sport.

"I had a poor season last year, I wasn't playing well and didn't make the cut for the Worlds," reflected Lewis exclusively on Live Darts TV.

"I went to Milton Keynes just hoping I'd get through [the qualifiers] and luckily I played well on that day, managed to get that third spot, went to the Worlds from there and the rest is kind of history.

"That whole week, everything just felt great, up until I played Phil [Taylor] I was feeling amazing and I think in that Semi-Final I put a bit too much pressure on myself. 

"I knew it was Phil's last tournament and I went out there playing him instead of not worrying about the player. 

"I was thinking I could be the guy who takes him out in his last World Championship and that's the wrong thing to do, you can't go up there playing against the guy you're playing, you've just got to get on with it.

"It was a lesson learned, I've got experience from that now and I won't do it again."

Lewis' outstanding campaign at Ally Pally moved him into late contention for a place in this season's Unibet Premier League, but the Cardigan ace insists he did not warrant a place in the elite invitational on the basis of one tournament.

"I was glad I didn't get in it because I don't think I deserved it from one good tournament," added Lewis.

"It's a full season to get you in to that and just off the back of the Worlds I didn't deserve to be in it.

"Obviously if I'd have got the call, I'd have taken it but I didn't think I deserved it so I wasn't expecting it.

"To be in that I think you should be in the top 16. If I was in that I'd have to play on Thursday and then go to the qualifiers on Friday.

"You've got to travel on the Wednesday so you're only really home Monday and Tuesday - it's a massive commitment but I'd never turn it down.

"I'd like to be in the Premier League but only if I was in the top 16 and pushing top ten."

Currently ranked 28 in the main Order of Merit, Lewis remains on the periphery of the provisional qualifying places for July's World Matchplay and admits he has made a below-par start to 2018.

He added: "I've expected to do a lot better than I have so far this season.

"I've done okay, made a few Quarters and a Semi on the ProTour but I'd have liked to have done a little bit better.

"I'm trying to push into the Matchplay and all the other TV tournaments this year, I'm still in touching distance so hopefully with a few more good runs, I can get into them.

"I'm back in the top 32 now and I've not got much to defend this year so hopefully I'll still be in that top 32 come the next World Championship so I'd be a seed.

"That money has boosted me up but I've got to keep going and keep progressing."


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