Adrian Lewis unconcerned by early World Grand Prix exit

Adrian Lewis of England celebrates winning a set during the quarter final match between Adrian Lewis of England and Michael Van Gerwen of Netherlands on December 29, 2012
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World number three Adrian Lewis admits that he will need to "hit the ground running" when he attempts to defend his European title in Muelheim this weekend.

Adrian Lewis has insisted that he has no concerns about his form ahead of the European Championship that takes place in Germany this weekend.

The world number three suffered a surprise second-round exit to Kevin Painter at the World Grand Prix earlier this month, but ahead of attempting to defend his European crown, the two-time world champion is feeling confident going into his clash with Jelle Klaasen.

The 29-year-old told PDC.TV: "We're both quick players and he's hit a bit of form recently, so I know that it will be tough and I think it will be a good game.

"It's a short format, the first to six legs, so I've got to hit the ground running and I'll be going out to do that.

"I didn't have the rub of the green in the World Grand Prix but I've been playing consistently well in the floor tournaments recently and I want to push on and take that onto the stage now."

Read our preview of the event, which gets underway on Friday afternoon.

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