The 2022 WDF World Darts Championship reaches the Quarter-Final stage at Lakeside on Friday as a host of in-form challengers…
The 2022 WDF World Darts Championship reaches the Quarter-Final stage at Lakeside on Friday as a host of in-form challengers aim to remain on course for glory.
Five of the top eight seeds remain standing in the Men’s Draw, while a first-time World Champion is also guaranteed to be crowned in the Women’s competition.
The Quarter-Finals take place over two sessions on Day Seven at Frimley Green, kicking off in the afternoon with a Women’s tie between sixth seed Kirsty Hutchinson and Dutch outsider Priscilla Steenbergen – who knocked out third seed Anca Zijlstra in the Last 16.
A closely-matched opening Men’s Quarter-Final sees multiple PDC Challenge Tour event winner Jim McEwan take on Northern Irish ace Neil Duff.
McEwan is the only unseeded player remaining the in the Men’s Draw, having seen off Landon Gardiner 3-0, Aaron Turner 3-1 and Mike Warburton 3-2 en route.
Duff, meanwhile, backed up his words by dispatching Justin Thompson in straight sets, before again averaging 88 in a 3-1 win over PDC Tour Card holder Nick Fullwell.
Welsh ace Rhian O’Sullivan, who knocked out second seed Corrine Hammond in the last round, returns to take on Plymouth’s Maria O’Brien – who is looking to reach the Semi-Finals here for the second time.
Men’s number two seed Thibault Tricole looks to reach his first World Championship Quarter-Final at the expense of in-form seventh seed Andy Baetens.
Tricole, France’s top darting export, survived match darts from Shawn Burt before taking out 74 in a sudden death leg, and then came from a set down to defeat Steve Hine 3-1 on Thursday night.
Belgian ace Baetens, quarter-finalist here in 2018, has looked comfortable in his two victories so far, firstly overcoming Dave Parletti 3-1, before averaging 102.8 in a clinical 3-0 whitewash of Scott Marsh.
The evening session gets under way with a clash between Aussie youngster Tori Kewish and 2019 women’s world finalist Lorraine Winstanley.
Kewish whitewashed top seed Deta Hedman with a superb display in the Last 16, while Winstanley dispatched Sweden’s Vicky Pruim in successive sets.
Arguably the stand-out tie of the day sees number one seed Brian Raman take on record-breaker Richard Veenstra.
Raman, who earned a PDC Tour Card at European Qualifying School in January, backed up his sudden death leg win over Johnny Haines with a 3-0 rout of Jarred Cole, averaging 97.5.
Veenstra, though, hit the headlines by registering the highest average in Lakeside history (104.91) in his 3-0 thrashing of 15-year-old Luke Littler, having also brushed aside Romania’s Laszlo Kadar by the same scoreline.
Pre-tournament favourite Beau Greaves, who is now odds-on for a maiden women’s world title, comes up against fourth seed Aileen de Graaf – who dethroned reigning and two-time champion Mikuru Suzuki 2-1 on Thursday evening.
PDC Tour Card holder Cameron Menzies looks to continue his solid progress so far when he meets sixth seed James Hurrell.
Menzies has dropped just one set in defeating Ian Jones and 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren, while Hurrell made a vast improvement on his opening display as he averaged 90 in cruising past Ryan de Vreede 3-0 in the Last 16.
The action gets under way from 1pm BST, with all Men’s Quarter-Final ties to be contested over the best of seven sets and Women’s Second Round ties best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
WDF World Championship 2022 Quarter-Finals Schedule
Friday April 8
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm)
QF – Priscilla Steenbergen v Kirsty Hutchinson
QF – Jim McEwan v Neil Duff
QF – Rhian O’Sullivan v Maria O’Brien
QF – Thibault Tricole v Andy Baetens
Evening Session (7pm-11pm)
QF – Tori Kewish v Lorraine Winstanley
QF – Brian Raman v Richard Veenstra
QF – Aileen de Graaf v Beau Greaves
QF – Cameron Menzies v James Hurrell