James Wade

Last Updated: 06/12/13 6:07pm

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James Wade: Still up there with the best

James Wade: Still up there with the best

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James Wade has remained one of the PDC's best three darts players despite going through tough times.

Few could imagine what would follow when Wade first ceded an 8-0 lead to lose in the 2010 Grand Slam of Darts final to Scott Waites and then exited the World Championship in the second round.

Just days after the latter defeat - to Mensur Suljovic - Wade checked into the Priory Clinic and was diagnosed with bipolar and attention deficit disorders, later describing the 30 days he spent there under treatment as "probably the most important of my life".

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  • Date of birth: 06.04.83
  • Birthplace: Aldershot
  • Nickname: The Machine
  • Major titles: World Grand Prix (twice), UK Open (twice), World Matchplay (once), Premier League (once)
  • World Championship best: Semi-finals (once)
  • Walk-on music: Bonkers

A three-time semi-finalist in the World Championship, he came agonisingly to making the final in 2012 when leading defending champion Adrian Lewis 5-1 in the semis. He had double 18 to reach the final, but missed and saw Lewis stage a dramatic comeback to win the match 6-5.

Wade also made the last four in 2013 before losing 6-4 to Michael van Gerwen.

The 2006 PDC Young Player of the Year, Wade's stylish left-handed throw has won him plenty of admirers - and the 30-year-old former mechanic will once again be viewed as a likely semi-finalist and a possible winner this year.

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