ANASTASIA DOBROMYSLOVA 2-0 TRINA GULLIVER

Anastasia Dobromyslava of Russia was crowned queen of world darts after ending Trina Gulliver’s remarkable seven-year reign with a comprehensive 2-0 victory.

The 23-year-old former World Youth Master produced 94 and 90 checkouts, a maximum, 165 and 6 140s as she scaled new heights in world darts. With the Russian flag draped around her shoulders and fiercely gripping the impressive silver trophy only – so far – emblazoned with Trina Gulliver’s name, the new world champ declared: “I really cannot realise what has happened. Trina gave me a few chances and I took them. It really is an incredible feeling and a great experience. “We have played a few games before but never on such a big stage.”

Dobromyslava said that for the past couple of months she had been practising particularly hard for the championship. Gulliver was magnanimous in defeat: “She deserved it because she played really well. I was hoping for another title but it was not to be. “I felt confident before the final but I just needed a little bit of luck without taking away from Anastasia and how well she played tonight. But I will be back,” vowed the seven times world champ, jokingly trying to snatch back the trophy that she had made her own since 2001.

The defending champ opened the match with a psychological 180 and finished the leg in a two-dart 74, finished on double 16 but the Russian hit back levelling on 94 with an unusual finish of treble 20, double 17.
Dobromyslava led to the double in the third, missing two double tops to take the throwing advantage, Gulliver – spurred on by her mother and sisters – coolly exiting on double 20. The Russian missed bull for a 74 finish in the next but then Gulliver wired double 16, the younger player hitting single one and clinching double 12 and
break into a big smile. Throwing first in the deciding fifth leg the defending champ trailed as Dobromyslava threw for double 18 but hit the adjoining double four. Her next dart fell outside double 14 but there was no mistake with the third as the Russian clinched the set against the throw.

Despite a battling 100 and 140 from the defending champ in the opening leg of the second set the high-flying Russian despatched a show-stopping 90 checkout, finished on bull. In the next power-scoring, including her first 180 and a 140 steered her to a 13-dart finish against the throw for a 2-0 set lead. Requiring 34 for the title, the Russian hit single 17, single one and missed double eight and double four. Battling Gulliver missed bull for a match-saving 152, Dobromyslava clinching the title on double two.

MARK WEBSTER 5-1 DARRYL FITTON

Twenty four-year-old Mark Webster surged into the last four, outshining Darryl “The Dazzler” Fitton 5-1.
It took the left-handed top seed from Denbigh 74 minutes to dash the hopes of Fitton who had been made a 4/1 favourite by bookies to lift the title. Webster’s prize is a classic England versus Wales showdown with defending champion Martin Adams.

The black-shirted Welshman is bidding to follow in the footsteps of the late Leighton Rees and Richie Burnett and be crowned Wales’ third champion. After the game the quietly-spoken bespectacled Welsh player said: “The match with Darryl was much closer than the final result suggested. It was a strange game and I did not expect to win. There were small margins of difference throughout the game but it was one of those days when I was hitting double tops.”

Two 180s steered Fitton into a 2-1 first set lead, Webster levelling on double nine after missing a 156 finish in the previous leg. Nervous Fitton then missed double 16 to hold his throw, the top seed swooping to exit with his third dart for a double. Fitton blasted in this third 180 to open up the second but legs were traded,
Webby firing home double 20 to move 2-0 ahead. Precision finishing steered the 24-year-old World Cup and Europe Cup champion to a 3-1 success after Dazzler’s sparkle on the doubles deserted him, missing double 20 and double 10. With the score at 2-2 in the fourth set Webster hit back-to-back 180s but then missed the crucial seventh 60 to set up a perfect nine dart finish. He recovered to take the leg on double 18 for a shock 4-0 match lead.

Fitton blasted out a sixth maximum to grab the fifth set after a short interval, the legs going with the throw in the next set during the first four legs. Webster narrowly missed double 16 for a match-winning 108 checkout but with Fitton unable to step up the pressure, the Welshman hit a match-winning double eight with his next dart and march into the last four, much to the delight of the fans proudly waving the green, red and white Welsh dragon flags. Cool Webster said of his forthcoming clash with the defending champ: “Martin
is a great darter but he is there to be shot down. I am feeling more comfortable with each game I play and I will just put as much pressure on him as I can.”

BRIAN WOODS 5-3 SCOTT WAITES

White-shirted 41-year-old Brian Woods punched the air and let out a shriek of delight as he powered into the semi finals, sweeping aside third seed and debutant Scott Waites 5-3. Woods from Cumbria showed little mercy as he defied a brave comeback attempt from the 30-year-old Halifax sharpshooter in an entertaining north of England clash.

The player from the north west who hit the tournaments top average (32.17) in the opening round has been battling flu all week but showed no traces of the sniffles as he warmed to the task ahead, charging into a 3-1 interval lead.A maximum helped steer him to a fifth set 3-0 scoreline but despite a further 180and a 2-1 lead in the next the gritty Yorkshireman levelled the set on double eight and then followed up by taking 60, finished on double tops to pull the match back to 4-2. Two missed darts for double tops to level the next set saw Waites come within one set of Woods. Double 15 hit with his second dart with the throwing advantage gave Woods a eight set lead take the match to 4-3. Woods said afterwards: “I feel absolutely fantastic, I am over the moon. I was 4-1 up and lost two sets. I asked what was going on in my head but luckily
I finally came through. “I have been practising my doubles since before Christmas and it is paying
off.

“I play Simon in the next round, a player I have not played before and I am really looking forward to it. He looked awesome in his game against Ted Hankey but I am playing well myself,” said the profusely sweating Woods.

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