The WDF seem to be attempting to provide a reliable and consistent tour for grass roots (amateur) players, their new ranking system and major event plans for 2020 and beyond are being rolled out during the year. The ranking system is based on players ten best qualifying results. Below is the table as updated on Feb 4th:
The Men’s and Ladies singles winners have been confirmed at the 2020 Dutch Open Darts in Assen.
The men’s event saw double glory for Ross ‘The Boss’ Montgomery who claimed his second Dutch Open title. Montgomery started by edging through in a 4-3 win over Levy Frauenfelder in the last 64. After that, Stefan Martena (4-1), Aleksey Kadochnikov (4-0) and John Desreumaux (5-3) were next to fall to ‘The Boss’.
Montgomery defeated BDO world champion Wayne Warren at the semi-final stage claiming a 2-1 sets win. He then defeated Brian Raman 3-1 in the Final. He also took glory earlier in the day when claiming the Men’s pairs title with Martin Adams.
The Ladies crown went to Aileen de Graaf who claimed the honours for the third time she defeated compatriot Anca Ziljstra to do so in a 5-2 victory.
The Ladies title was claimed by Lorraine Winstanley and Margaret Sutton whodefeated the Dutch duo of Anca Ziljstra and Femke van Zuiden in a 4-2 win after winning through the field on Friday.
Men’s event witnessed Ross Montgomery and Martin Adams defeating another Dutch pairing of Colin Roelofs and Ryan de Vreede in a closely fought 5-4 win.
Ladies Doubles Final. Lorraine Winstanley/Margaret Sutton 4-2 Anca Zijlstra/Femke van Zuiden
Men’s Doubles Final. Ross Montgomery & Martin Adams 5-4 Colin Roelofs & Ryan de Vreede
In the Girls, it was Lerena Rietbergen who defeated her compatriot Layla Brussel 3-1 in the first final. This was followed up with the Boys Under 14 final.The title went to Stijn Verbakel who claimed a 3-0 win over Francesco Basili. Then in the Boys under 18 it was Mark Tabak who won the final Youth title defeating Marcel Bus, former JDC World Cup runner-up in a 4-1 win.
Youth Age Group Finals: Girls: Lerena Rietbergen 3-1 Layla Brussel Boys U14: Stijn Verbakel 3-0 Francesco Basili Boys U18: Mark Tabak 4-1 Marcel Bus
Mario Vandenbogaerde became first victor at the O2 Indigo as he defeated Sebatian Steyer in straight sets in the opening match of the afternoon session. After being pushed to a decider in set one, it was plane sailing for the Belgian as former World Trophy semi-finalist Steyer failed to find his scoring game.
Justin Thompson was second to secure is place in round two as he defeated World Championship debutant Scott Williams. The Aussie ace lost out to Michael Unterbuchner in the 2019 iteration of the tournament, but got off the mark this time around with a routine 3-0 victory over Williams.
In the women’s competition it was a winning start for Corrine Hammond as she banished her first round blues from the previous two years. Despite a rapid start from Cheshire based Pruim, Hammond turned the tie on its head as she claims the opening set.
The second would be much more comfortable as the pressure got to the Swedish born thrower, a succession of heavy scores, putting Hammond through to round two for the first time since 2017.
Beau Greaves produced the story of the evening, as she became the youngest female winner on a BDO World Championship stage, defeating Tori Kewish in two sets. The South Yorkshire star has impressed on the BDO senior tour in 2019, but blew away a sold out 02 Indigo on her television debut.
In arguably the match of the opening day, Dave Parletti pushed the Netherlands’ Chris Landman all the way in their opening encounter in central London.
Landman had landed a magnificent 170 checkout as he strolled into a 2-0 lead, but despite having darts for the match, Parletti would show superb grit to pull level. But the Surrey thrower wouldn’t have enough left in the tank as Landman powered through to the next round.
The oceanic theme continued with the appearance of New Zealand’s Darren Herewini, the Kiwi had captured the attention with his World Cup singles victory earlier in the year, and continued his good form on the Indigo stage.
Thibault Tricole and Jim Williams were the final two names to be added to the winners list on day one at the O2 Indigo. French first-timer Tricole was pushed into a sudden death leg by Ross Montgomery, but came up with the goods at the crucial moments. It was a similar story as tournament favourite Williams and Scottish international Stone pushed us into overtime, with Williams coming away victorious.
Mario Vandenbogaerde 3-0 Sebastian Steyer Justin Thompson 3-0 Scott Williams Corrine Hammond 2-0 Vicky Pruim Chris Landman 3-2 Dave Parletti
Darren Herewini 3-1 Simon Stainton Beau Greaves 2-0 Tori Kewish Thibault Tricole 3-2 Ross Montgomery Jim Williams 3-2 Gary Stone
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