Phil Taylor admitted after his shock PDC World Championship defeat to Dave Chisnall that he could retire from the sport he has dominated in the next three years.
The 15-time world champion was well beaten by Chisnall in the second round at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday, going down to a surprise 4-1 defeat that left the packed arena stunned.
‘The Power’ looked nowhere near his scintillating best as his usual confidence and skill deserted him in the capital.
Taylor, who, ahead of the match, had been a short-price favourite to win the tournament once again this year, said he had struggled with his eyesight and heat inside the venue during the match and appeared to question his future in darts following the loss. Those looking at the best darts betting odds will have been shocked.
Afterwards, the 51-year-old admitted he could retire in around two or three years.
“I’m going to do another two or three years and then I’m going to retire,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’m not going to knock my performance, I’m not going to knock Dave’s performance. I thought he was the better player.
The Stoke-born star admitted the fourth set had been the turning point with Taylor trailing 2-1, Chisnall took charge of the contest when winning it to give him a clear two-set advantage and he never looked back.
He added: “When he took that fourth set [to make it 3-1] it was a massive blow for me, then I was struggling.”
“It’s all on the night and I wasn’t good enough.”