The inaugural WDF World Championship enters the Semi-Final stage at Lakeside on Saturday with Men’s, Women’s and Youth action across…
The inaugural WDF World Championship enters the Semi-Final stage at Lakeside on Saturday with Men’s, Women’s and Youth action across two sessions.
First-time World Champions are already guaranteed to be crowned in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions, and the remaining hopefuls will be out to keep their title dreams alive at ‘the home of World Darts.’
The afternoon session plays host to the opening Women’s Semi-Final as surprise package Rhian O’Sullivan faces sixth seed Kirsty Hutchinson.
Welsh ace O’Sullivan is the only unseeded player left standing in the either the Men’s or Women’s competition and has been arguably the most impressive lady of the tournament so far.
O’Sullivan averaged 89 in her straight sets win over Maria O’Brien in the Quarter-Finals, having already seen off Paula Jacklin and second seed Corrine Hammond.
Hutchinson is also appearing in her first World Championship Semi-Final courtesy of wins over Jo Clemens and Priscilla Steenbergen but knows she must improve on her tournament average of 69 against her in-form opponent.
The afternoon’s action also features both Semi-Finals in the Boys competition, kicking off with a tie between Germany’s Luis Liptow and Bradly Roes of the Netherlands – the reigning JDC World Champion.
Leighton Bennett, the 2019 BDO World Youth Champion who has experience of competing on the PDC ProTour this season, then takes on fellow Englishman Charlie Large.
The second Women’s Semi-Final sees odds-on tournament favourite Beau Greaves take on 2019 world finalist Lorraine Winstanley.
18-year-old sensation Greaves defied a bout of illness to sweep aside Aileen de Graaf in straight sets on Friday for a place in a second World Championship Semi-Final in as many appearances.
Winstanley, meanwhile, is through to this stage for the third time, having overcome Vicky Pruim and Tori Kewish along the way.
The opening Men’s Semi-Final sees man of the moment Richard Veenstra take on comeback king Neil Duff.
Veenstra hit the headlines by registering the highest average in Lakeside history (104.91) in his 3-0 thrashing of 15-year-old Luke Littler, before missing double 12 for a nine-darter during his 4-2 win over top seed Brian Raman.
Duff, the number five seed, looked down and out at 3-0 down to Jim McEwan on Friday afternoon, but pulled off a remarkable comeback to snatch a 4-3 victory with a 94.3 average for a place in his first televised Semi-Final.
PDC Tour Card holder Cameron Menzies looks to remain favourite for the title as he comes up against number two seed Thibault Tricole.
Menzies has dropped just one set en route to the Semis, coasting past Ian Jones, 2020 BDO World Champion Wayne Warren and current WDF number one James Hurrell with commanding displays.
France’s Tricole, on the other hand, has survived a total of eight match darts against him this week, six of which coming against Shawn Burt in the Second Round and a further two against seventh seed Andy Baetens in the Quarter-Finals.
The action gets under way from 3pm BST, with Men’s Semi-Final ties to be contested over the best of nine sets, Women’s Semi-Finals best of five sets and Boys/Girls Semi-Finals best of three sets. All sets are best of five legs.
WDF World Championship 2022 Semi-Finals Schedule
Saturday April 9
SF – Boys: Luis Liptow (Ger) v Bradly Roes (Ned)
SF – Boys: Leighton Bennett (Eng) v Charlie Large (Eng)
SF – Rhian O’Sullivan v Kirsty Hutchinson
SF – Richard Veenstra v Neil Duff
SF – Lorraine Winstanley v Beau Greaves
SF – Thibault Tricole v Cameron Menzies