After the surprise exits of Richard Veenstra and Wesley Harms on Wednesday, we completed the
men’s quarter-final line-up on Thursday. We also saw the return of the ladies, with eight of the best
playing it out for a place in the semi-finals.
Beau Greaves was the player to set the standard in terms of the women’s competition, heading up
the averages with an 86.3 against former finalist Aileen de Graaf. With the match coming on her 16th
Birthday she was handed a perfect present in the shape of a semi-final spot on debut at the Indigo.
Earlier in the session Corrine Hammond has booked her place in the semi-finals, and she would face
Lisa Ashton after ‘The Lancashire Rose’ came past Lorraine Winstanley. Three-time champion Ashton
went into the tournament as favourite and is continuing to live up to that tag with some excellent
The singular men’s match in the afternoon session would see tournament favourite Jim Williams
whitewash Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth. Following a nervy first set, the Welshman and number two seed
began to settle, finding his consistent scoring game and leaving Hogarth in the dust. He would
eventually secure the whitewash score line and yet another quarter-final appearance.
Mikuru Suzuki confirmed the semi-final line-up in the women’s competition with a routine win over
Anastasia Dobromyslova. The Japanese star was pushed to the brink in set one as Anastasia missed
darts for a lead, but as the pressure built, Suzuki took control.
An eventual average of around the 78 mark enough to set up a potentially mouth-watering tie with
teenage prodigy Beau Greaves for a place in the final.
The evening session also confirmed our men’s quarter finalists with Super Mario Vandenbogaerde
and Paul Hogan putting out statements of intent. The aforementioned Hogan piled in a 99.8 average
as he defeated Martijn Kleermaker 4-1 to make his first World Championship quarter-final since
Vandenbogaerde, who is many people outsider for the title, put in another high quality performance
to see off Dennie Olde Kalter. The Belgian started quickly, gliding into a 3-0 lead. But with the match
all but over, the Dutchman sparked into life, reducing the deficit to the applause of the crowd. But
that would be it for Olde Kalter who faded In the fifth set, with Super Mario making a dream
quarter-final appearance at his first World Championship after 12 years away from the game.
Corrine Hammond 2-0 Laura Turner
Jim Williams 4-0 Ryan Hogarth
Beau Greaves 2-1 Aileen de Graaf
Lisa Ashton 2-0 Lorraine Winstanley
Mario Vandenbogaerde 4-1 Dennie Olde Kalter
Mikuru Suzuki 2-0 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Paul Hogan 4-1 Martijn Kleermaker
By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia) Photo Credit – Tip Top Pics