A quartet of new World Champions will be crowned at Lakeside on Sunday as the 2022 WDF World Championship draws…
A quartet of new World Champions will be crowned at Lakeside on Sunday as the 2022 WDF World Championship draws to a close.
The inaugural event, which has marked the return to the sport’s spiritual home this week, has provided both quality and drama and is set for a gripping conclusion.
All four finalists in both the Men’s and Women’s events are appearing in their first televised final and are competing for top prizes of £50,000 and £25,000 respectively, as well as a place in the history books.
The evening’s action kicks off with the Girls final between England’s Eleanor Cairns and Germany’s Wibke Riemann with a top prize of £2,000 up for grabs.
That will be followed by the Boys final between Bradly Roes of the Netherlands and England’s Charlie Large as they compete for a £5,000 winner’s cheque.
Large defeated former BDO World Youth champion Leighton Bennett 2-1 in Saturday’s Semi-Finals, while Roes – the reigning JDC World Champion – saw off Germany’s Luis Liptow in straight sets.
The Women’s World Championship final sees fifth seed Beau Greaves take on sixth seed Kirsty Hutchinson for a record £25,000 top prize.
Greaves, 18, is bidding to become the youngest ever winner of the Women’s World Championship for what would be her first major title.
The teenage sensation, who picked up three titles at the recent Isle of Man Darts Festival, has dropped just one set en route to the final, defeating Hungary’s Veronika Ihász before sweeping aside Aileen de Graaf and Lorraine Winstanley 2-0 and 3-0 respectively.
Hutchinson, who is also appeared in only her second World Championship, has produced the form which led her to the 2021 Welsh Open title.
The 31-year-old began her run by defeating Jo Clements 2-0, before edging out Priscilla Steenbergen 2-1 and in-form Rhian O’Sullivan 3-2 to keep her title dream alive.
The Men’s final then follows to round off the week’s action as Northern Ireland’s Neil Duff and France’s Thibault Tricole go head-to-head for glory.
Both players have endured rollercoaster runs to the final, with last-set deciders and comebacks aplenty, and are now set for the biggest match of their respective careers so far.
Tricole, the number two seed, has survived a total of eight match darts against him, six of which coming against Shawn Burt in the Second Round and a further two against seventh seed Andy Baetens in the Quarter-Finals.
He has also seen off Steve Hine 3-1 and most recently PDC Tour Card holder Cameron Menzies 5-4 in the Semi-Finals – a match which featured over 100 missed darts at doubles.
Duff, meanwhile, made a bold prediction before even throwing a dart this week that he would win the title, and he has backed it up emphatically so far.
The 49-year-old began by thrashing Australia’s Justin Thompson 3-0 and dispatched Nick Fullwell 3-1, before staging a sensational comeback from three sets down to edge out Jim McEwan 4-3 in the Quarter-Finals.
Duff then powered past record-breaker Richard Veenstra 5-2 in the Last Four and has registered two of the top nine averages of the tournament.
The action gets under way from 5pm BST, with the Men’s final to be contested over the best of 11 sets, Women’s final best of seven sets, Boys final best of five sets and Girls final best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
WDF World Championship 2022 Final Schedule
Sunday April 10
FINAL – Girls: Eleanor Cairns v Wibke Riemann
FINAL – Boys: Bradly Roes v Charlie Large
FINAL – Women: Kirsty Hutchinson v Beau Greaves
FINAL – Men: Neil Duff v Thibault Tricole