Michael van Gerwen was stranded on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Grand Slam of Darts.
The three-time world champion had to acknowledge his superiority in Wolverhampton in Michael Smith, who triumphed 13-16.
Van Gerwen trailed 0-5 and was unable to repair that damage, although he did come on two legs from Smith.
However, his English opponent kept his lead and finished it in the 29th game.
The statistics spoke against Van Gerwen, who finished with an average of 96.24 points per three arrows and a double percentage of more than 35 percent.
Smith countered that with 98.70 and more than 44 percent.
Last year, the quarterfinals were also the final station for Van Gerwen at the Grand Slam of Darts.
His loss means that there are no more Dutch players in the tournament.
Raymond van Barneveld already stranded in the group stage.
The 31-year-old Smith, who first beat Van Gerwen in the knockout phase of a major television tournament, will face Peter Wright or revelation Fallon Sherrock in the semifinal, who will meet later on Saturday evening.
Gerwyn Price-James Wade is the other semifinalist.
The Grand Slam of Darts will have a different winner than last year, because defending champion José de Sousa is already out.Keywords: