The men aren’t the only ones in the spotlight at the Lakeside Country Club. We also have the women’s BDO World Championship which also gets underway on Saturday with 16 leading ladies doing battle for the title.
This has been a very good inclusion alongside the men’s event in recent years and is becoming more and more competitive. I expect nothing different this year either.
2017 – Lisa Ashton
2016 – Trina Gulliver
2015 – Lisa Ashton
2014 – Lisa Ashton
2013 – Anastasia Dobromyslova
2012 – Anastasia Dobromyslova
2011 – Trina Gulliver
2010 – Trina Gulliver
2009 – Francis Hoenselaar
2008 – Anastasia Dobromyslova
While the tournament follows the set format just like the men, the length of matches in the women’s event is much shorter. The first round through the semi-finals are the best of three sets and we will get the champion decided over the best of five sets on the second Saturday of the competition.
It seems a never ending trend but once again Deta Hedman is the number one seed for the event and as such she heads the top half of the draw. The other three seeds in her section are Sharon Prins and the 2017 finalists, champion Lisa Ashton and runner up Corinne Hammond. That gives it a very competitive edge.
The qualifiers in this half include the talented Fallon Sherrock who has lost her way a little in recent times. Rhian Griffiths is another talented player and her first round clash with Lisa Ashton should be a belter. Rachna David and Maria O’Brien make up the field.
This half of the draw looks like a tournament within itself with four very high quality players seeded in it. Aileen de Graaf has won a couple of majors this year but never seems to get it done here. Anastasia Dobromyslova certainly does and she goes in search of another title while Trina Gulliver dominated this in the early years. Lorraine Winstanley will be looking to add the title to her Winmau World Masters crown.
You would have to say the unseeded players are not of the standard as in the other half with Anca Zijlstra probably the pick of them. Paula Jacklin and Tricia Wright have bags of experience but perhaps not as much quality while Vicki Pruim will be out to make a name for herself.
I think this is a very competitive draw this year so it is imperative to look for some value. I would imagine that Lisa Ashton will still take all the beating but we’ve seen plenty of good things go west in this event down the years.
The player I like is Lorraine Winstanley. I think it is about time she delivers on this stage and her victory at the Winmau World Masters should help her with that. To be fair when she loses it is usually in a cracking match with not much in it but that win at the Winmau should have done wonders for her belief and confidence. There are going to be shocks and surprises in this tournament. The players are so good now and the format hasn’t really adjusted with that but in a survival of the strongest Winstanley can match any of them as we saw in Bridlington.
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