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Beau Greaves rejects Ally Pally return in favour of WDF World Championship title defence

Jamie Shaw in WDF Darts 28 Sep 2023
Beau Greaves lifts the women’s world title (Photo by Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)

Beau Greaves has accepted her invitation to the 2023 WDF World Championship and will therefore not be competing in this year’s PDC World Championship.

Earlier this month, it was revealed the PDC had ruled that any player who competes in the WDF World Championship at Lakeside will be ineligible to compete at Alexandra Palace.

Reigning WDF Women’s World Champion Greaves was one of three players currently impacted by the ruling and was forced to decide in which event she intends to participate.

On Thursday, the WDF confirmed that Greaves has opted to defend her title at Lakeside, thus missing out on a second successive appearance at Ally Pally.

“Winning the World Championship last year was one of the proudest moments in my darting career and I want to defend that title. That’s why I’ve chosen to play at Lakeside,” said Greaves.

“I’m still in the early stages of my darting career and having the opportunity to become a multiple-time World Champion is hugely motivating.

“I’m playing well at the moment and I can’t wait to get back out on that stage in December.”

The 19-year-old whitewashed Kirsty Hutchinson 4-0 in the final last April to become the youngest ever women’s World Champion and has since gone on to dominate the PDC Women’s Series and pick up the Women’s World Matchplay title in Blackpool this summer.

The WDF Women’s World Championship, which will take place from from December 2-10, carries a top prize of £25,000, while First Round prize money at Ally Pally stands at £7,500, rising to £15,000 for reaching Round Two.

Greaves was beaten in straight sets by William O’Connor in Round One on her PDC World Championship debut last December and is due to make her debut in the Grand Slam of Darts next month.

Mikuru Suzuki and Fallon Sherrock are currently in line to qualify for the PDC World Championship via the Women’s Series Order of Merit.