Ladies semis set as Williams and Hogan also progress at the O2

Lisa Ashton, Corrine Hammond, Beau Greaves and Mikuru Suzuki booked their places in the ladies semi-finals of the 2020 BDO World Professional Darts Championships on an eventful day six at the Indigo at the O2.

On what was dubbed ‘Ladies Day’, four-time champion Lisa Ashton secured her spot in the semi-finals with a far narrower than the scoreline suggests 2-0 win over Lorraine Winstanley. While the ‘Lancashire Rose’ won the opening two legs relatively comfortably, landing a maximum and hitting a 13-darter in the second, Winstanley came back strongly and the Buxton thrower had nine set darts.

Ashton converted though and it was a similar story in the second set, with very little between the two heading into the final leg. Winstanley, a beaten finalist last year, once again had set darts, five this time, but her misses at double 16 were punished by Ashton, who will face Corrine Hammond in the semis.

The Australian followed up on her first round win over Vicky Pruim with a composed 2-0 win over Laura Turner. While Turner won a leg in each set, reigning German Masters champion Hammond had a little too much.

In the other half of the draw, teenage sensation Beau Greaves enjoyed a sixteenth birthday to remember as she beat Aileen de Graaf 2-1 and registered the highest average in this year’s ladies competition in the process. The Doncaster ace started electrically, whitewashing her Dutch opponent in the first set, and while De Graaf edged a tight second, Greaves won the third set by the same margin she won the first to secure her place in the semis with an 86.28 average.

Facing Greaves in the last four will be defending champion Mikuru Suzuki, who beat Anastasia Dobromyslova 2-0 in the final ladies game of the day.

There was very little in it between the two players throughout, highlighted by the 0.31 difference in their respective averages at the end of the game, but Suzuki’s ability to get the right scores at the right time saw her over the line.

In the men’s competition, pre-tournament favourite Jim Williams, Mario Vandenbogaerde and Paul Hogan completed the quarter-final draw.

‘The Quiff’ recorded a very convincing 4-0 victory over Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth. Williams averaged in the mid-80s through the first two sets before kicking it up a gear after the break, finishing with a 94.36 average. It was a thoroughly mature performance from the reigning BDO World Trophy champion and he definitely remains the man to beat at the O2.

Williams’ opponent in the last eight will be English veteran Paul Hogan, who won one of the games of the tournament thus far against Martijn Kleermaker. Crocodile Dundee set the O2 alight the other night when he almost hit the nine-darter against Adam Smith-Neale and he kept up that standard against Kleermaker by racing into an early 2-0 lead with an 100.91 average.

Kleermaker, who hit the third 170 out of the tournament in the second leg of the match, pulled things back by winning the third set, despite Hogan hitting three maximums and winning his two legs on throw in just 21 darts.

The tall Dutchman broke the Hogan throw in the first leg of the fourth set as he looked to restore parity but Hogan fired back by winning three legs on the spin to make it 3-2. He then sealed the deal in the fifth set, finishing the match with an 99.69 average and securing a place in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006.

Mario Vandenbogaerde also booked his place in the last eight with an impressive 4-1 victory over Dennie Olde Kalter.

Many had expected the clash between the two Benelux throwers to be particularly competitive but Mario dispelled those suggestions by winning the first 11 legs of the match on the bounce. The remarkably consistent Belgian was two up in the fourth set but Olde Kalter managed to win three legs on the spin, capped off by consecutive 106 checkouts to keep the match alive.

Normal service was resumed after the break though as Mario won the fifth and deciding set 3-0, securing a 107 out of his own in the second leg. Vandenbogaerde, who hit four maximums and finished with a 90.63 average, faces Lancashire’s David Evans in the quarters.

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