Van Barneveld speaks out after shock loss

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Van Barneveld speaks out after shock loss

Raymond van Barneveld has been knocked out of the PDC World Darts Championship at his first hurdle to Darius Labanauskas.

Van Barneveld spoke afterwards and said it is a very painful defeat and that he has no explanation for the performance.

He said also that beforehand he felt good but for some reason it didn’t happen on the stage.

“This is a very painful defeat, I really have no explanation for this performance and I can’t tell you how much this defeat hurts,” said Van Barneveld.

“I’m not sure what happened because everything went right before this match. I felt really good before I got on the stage and was practising well but for some reason that changed when I got on stage.

“I don’t know if it was tension or what it was but I had enough chances and I didn’t take them. I should’ve won the third set and I didn’t so all of the confidence I had, I started to lose.”

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