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WDF World Championship 2023 | Semi-Finals Preview and Order of Play

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Andy Baetens claims historic Lakeside crown as Beau Greaves retains women’s world title

WDF World Championship 2023 | Finals Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in WDF Darts 10 Dec 2023
Andy Baetens reacts (Photo by Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)

A quartet of Lakeside champions will be crowned on Sunday as the 2023 WDF World Championship draws to a close.

The second staging of the WDF World Championship is set for a fascinating climax at the home of world darts, with four finals taking place in one unmissable evening session.

The evening’s action kicks off with the Girls final between Italy’s Aurora Fochesato and Hungary’s Krisztina Turai, with a top prize of £2,000 up for grabs.

That will be proceeded by the Boys final between Ireland’s Adam Dee and Bradley van der Velden of the Netherlands as they compete for a £5,000 winner’s cheque.

The women’s final sees Beau Greaves is bid to become the fifth female to successfully defend the world title as she takes on second seed Aileen De Graaf.

Greaves, who opted out of a place in the PDC World Championship in order to defend her Lakeside title, has dropped just two legs across her three matches en route to the final, sweeping aside Lorraine Hyde before whitewashing 67-year-old Paula Murphy and seeing off two-time world finalist Rhian O’Sullivan 3-0.

The 19-year-old sensation boasts a tournament average of 89.5 and is out to cap off a memorable year by joining Trina Gulliver, Anastasia Dobromyslova, Lisa Ashton and Mikuru Suzuki as a multiple Women’s World Champion.

De Graaf is appearing in her first World Championship final, having twice fallen at the Semi-Final hurdle in 2016 and 2017.

The reigning Dutch Open champion, who finished runner-up in last year’s PDC Women’s World Matchplay, began her run with a narrow 2-1 win over emerging star Nicole Regnaud, before defeating Lorraine Winstanley in straight sets and overcoming four-time champion Lisa Ashton 3-1 on Saturday.

The men’s final features a show-down with top seed Andy Baetens and rapid Dutchman Chris Landman.

Baetens has fully justified his billing as pre-tournament favourite by storming into his first Lakeside final with a tournament average of 94.

The Belgian has been the dominant force on the WDF circuit this year, scooping eight ranking titles, but victory here would bring his first silverware in front of the TV cameras.

Baetens began his run by dispatching Polish youngster Sebastian Bialecki 3-0 before seeing off Gary Stone 3-1, ending the hopes of New Zealand’s Jonny Tata with a 4-2 success and going on to defeat Sweden’s Dennis Nilsson 5-2.

Standing in the way of the 34-year-old and a place in the history books as the first Belgian World Champion is seventh seed Landman – appearing in his first major final.

Landman has picked up a PDC Challenge Tour title this year, gaining a top-up place in a number of ProTour events and notably finishing runner-up in Players Championship Nine in April.

The 42-year-old enjoyed wins over Davie Kirwan, Thomas Junghans and Neil Duff – where he notably prevailed in a sudden death leg after the defending champion missed two match darts.

He then incredibly reeled off four consecutive sets from 3-1 down to stun 2006 Lakeside Champion Jelle Klaasen 5-3 in Saturday’s Semi-Finals and is vying to join Klaasen, Raymond van Barneveld and Christian Kist as the fourth Dutchman to claim the Lakeside crown.

The action gets under way from 5pm GMT, with the Girls final to be contested over the best of three sets and the Boys final best of five sets.

The Women’s final is due to commence at around 7pm and will be played over the best of seven sets, while the Men’s final is the best of 11 sets.

WDF World Championship 2023 Finals Schedule

Sunday December 10

Girls Final – Aurora Fochesato v Krisztina Turai
Boys Final – Bradley Van der Velden v Adam Dee
Women’s Final – Beau Greaves v Aileen de Graaf
Men’s Final – Andy Baetens v Chris Landman

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