Darts: World champion Taylor mulls over retirement

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In the aftermath of his record 11th world title, Phil Taylor was reported to be contemplating retirement.

The 43-year-old champion from Stoke outlasted Kevin Painter in the Professional Darts Corporation World Championship final at the Circus Tavern in Purfleet on Sunday night, prevailing in a sudden-death play-off, after which Taylor said: "I am a very lucky man tonight, to be honest."

Yesterday, he said he had been giving serious thought to retirement, but "The Power" also said that no decision has been made, adding that he will take time out to discuss his future in the sport with his advisers: "I feel I reached the pinnacle of my career on Sunday night," he said. "I am a grandfather now. Darts is proving to be a young man's game. The heat on the stage in the final and the length of the matches have really taken it out of me."

Taylor, who reclaimed his title, looked to be heading for defeat when he was 4-1 down in sets. However, he levelled at 5-5 before moving ahead - only to see Painter hit back and force a decider. It was Taylor who held his nerve, though, in a tense finale to claim another memorable triumph.