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January 10, 2020

What an atmosphere at the Indigo @ the O2 as a packed house came to to see Lisa Ashton continue her quest for a fifth Ladies World Title as she whitewashed Australia’s Corrine
Hammond to reach Saturday’s final at the o2 Indigo. She was dominant in her performance against
former finalist Hammond, who failed to win a leg against the rampant ‘Lancashire Rose’.
She was joined by Mikuru Suzuki as the Japanese Star battled past Beau Greaves in the second
semi-final. Greaves has been the star of the tournament but after finding herself in unchartered
territory, the experienced Suzuki proved a step too far.


As the opening two sets went with throw, Suzuki found her scoring game in the latter stages of set
three, giving Greaves too much ground to make up as she set up a final showdown with Lisa Ashton
in the final.


In the men’s quarter-finals Wayne Warren confirmed his first World Championship semi-final
appearance at the age of 58. ‘The Yank’ recorded the victory against free-flowing Dutchman Chris
Landman, who was also looking for a first semi-final appearance. But in a topsy-turvy encounter, the
additional experience of Warren paid dividends as he became our first semi-finalist.
He was joined by Mario Vandenbogaerde, a player making his World Championship debut after a 12
year absence from the game. It was a quick start for ‘Super Mario’ who looked to be heading for a
simple victory.


But as the pressure grew, David Evans got his foot in the door, taking the third set to plant the seed
of doubt before the players took a break for the interval. Aside from briefly getting on level terms,
that would be as close as ‘Stretch’ got the semi-finals, the former Belgian number one continuing his
dream run into the semi-final stages.
The Belgian will now take on tournament favourite Jim Williams in the final after the Welshman
made light work of Paul Hogan. ‘Crocodile Dundee’ had been magnificent in his opening two
matches, but that form was nowhere to be seen as Williams recorded a 5-1 victory on the Indigo
stage.


Scott Mitchell completed the semi-final line-up as he saw off good friend Scott Waites in the final
game of the evening. It was nip and tuck all the way through, with neither player able to build up a
significant cushion. With both players averaging in the mid 90’s, Mitchell found that extra gear in the
crucial deciding set to secure just a second ever World Championship semi-final appearance.


Wayne Warren 5-3 Chris Landman
Lisa Ashton 2-0 Corrine Hammond
Mario Vandenbogaerde 5-3 David Evans

Jim Williams 5-1 Paul Hogan
Mikuru Suzuki 2-1 Beau Greaves
Scott Mitchell 5-4 Scott Waites


By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia) Photo credit – Tip Top Pics