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Heartbreaking reason behind Aussie’s exit



Smith took a two-set lead early on in the match before King, the 21st seed in the tournament, hit back for a set of his own.Catch every moment of The Ashes live and ad-break free during play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-days free now.However, the Aussie managed to jump ahead into a 3-1 scoreline and only needed one more set to secure a berth in the quarterfinals and also earn a Tour Card for the first time in his darts career.Sadly, it was not to be for Queenslander as King returned in blistering fashion to win three sets in a row and propel himself into the next stage along with a guaranteed pay packet of almost $AUD93,000.As Smith was left to ponder what might have been, he took to social media to tell his fans exactly what went wrong, tweeting: “Sorry all. At the end of the day, I was fighting back tears after set three. The love of my life is on the other side of the world and I just didn’t deal with it as well as I thought. It hit me hard in set three and fought as hard as I could, but was outclassed.”The darts at the Alexandra Palace in London, affectionately known as the Ally Pally, are widely regarded for the raucous crowds of intoxicated revellers.In the latest edition of the PDC World Championship, the patrons have constantly backed the tungsten throwers from their home nation.It was certainly the case again in Smith’s tussle with King, as the long lines of tables certainly did not shower Smith with pleasantries.At the conclusion of the second set, amid the boos and jeers from those at the Ally Pally, Smith roared in delight having secured a solid lead.But the crowd simply wouldn’t jump onside with the Australian.A report from the Daily Star, a UK outlet, claimed Smith was slammed for how he gestured to the crowd, but in typical Aussie fashion, the 42-year-old felt it was nothing more than a bit of fun.Smith wrote on Twitter: “Seems I have been ‘slammed’ for going at the crowd. I thought it was good banter, copped heaps and gave the big one on the double. Thought it was all in good spirits. Apologise if others saw it differently, it wasn’t the intent.”It wasn’t all bad news for Smith though.He watched the evening session of day 13 of the World Championship with “chocolate and a cuppa”.

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