Peter Wright admits he is “gutted” after suffering a shock Second Round defeat at the hands of Toni Alcinas at Alexandra Palace but has vowed “kick everyone’s butt” next season.
The world number three suffered his earliest exit in a World Championship since 2012 and became the highest-profile casualty of the early rounds so far.
Alcinas, the world number 55, took out 109 in the deciding leg of the first set after Wright had produced a stunning 167 checkout in leg three.
Spain’s number two then strengthened his grip on the contest by securing the second set 3-1 to double his advantage, before Wright took the third set with the aid of a 10-darter to halve the deficit.
The first four legs of the fourth set were shared, before Alcinas broke throw with double 16 for a 13-darter in the decider to complete a famous victory.
“I’m obviously gutted,” admitted Wright. “I felt better than I have done all year, to be honest.
“I felt great but some players get lucky on their day and Toni got lucky, that’s it.
“Maybe some of the commentators are right, maybe I am changing my darts too much?
“These darts are the best I’ve ever held and watch out because I’m going to stick with them and kick everyone’s butt next year.
“Just wait until I stick to a set of darts then they’re all in trouble.
“I’m the only person to beat Michael [Van Gerwen] three times on TV this year, I’m not that rubbish.
“Toni hit the right scores at the right time, he took out the right finishes, had he played me over the match play format it would have been a different story.
“I didn’t score well enough early on and that’s why I’m out.
“I’ve still got the confidence now, you watch me next year, trust me.”