REIGNING champion Adrian Lewis was knocked out of the 888.com European Championship by Jelle Klaasen as the £250,000 tournament began in Germany on Friday, with fellow seeds Simon Whitlock, James Wade and Gary Anderson also falling by the wayside at the RWE Sporthalle.
Lewis had claimed the third major individual title of his career when he saw off Whitlock at the same venue last year to pick up the European Championship crown.
However, his hopes of retaining the title - and adding to March's UK Open triumph - were dashed with a below-par display as Dutch ace Klaasen capitalised with a 6-4 victory.
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN denied James Wade a Players Championship double as he claimed a 6-2 victory over his rival in Sunday's tournament in Crawley.
Wade had picked up the £10,000 title by winning Saturday's Players Championship at The K2 Centre, and lined himself up for a memorable ProTour double by reaching the decider 24 hours later.
However, he would suffer defeat to van Gerwen for the second successive Sunday as the Dutch ace followed up last week's partypoker.com World Grand Prix triumph with another victory over the in-form world number six
JAMES WADE'S superb run of form continued as he enjoyed a 6-5 comeback win over Kim Huybrechts in the final of Players Championship 17 in Crawley on Saturday.
The left-hander hit a memorable double-start nine-darter on his way to the partypoker.com World Grand Prix last week, and followed up June's Gibraltar Darts Trophy triumph with a second ranking win of the year.
n doing so, Wade consolidated his position as sixth in the PDC Order of Merit ahead of Gary Anderson - who he came from 4-2 down against to claim a semi-final win on Saturday - as well as closing the gap on Peter Wright and Simon Whitlock above him in the world rankings with £10,000 prize money.
At the beginning of the day the early birds in the crowd were entertained by the inaugural World Darts Disability Association final.
This competition is the end product of a campaign designed to open the sport of darts to players with disability.
The Board is specifically designed so a wheelchair player and a standing player were competing directly against one another.