Warren and Winstanley among the winners at the Slovak Open and Masters
Wayne Warren, Maria O’Brien, Lorraine Winstanley and Chris Landman all tasted success as the BDO/WDF tour travelled to Samorin, Slovakia.
Landman won the Slovak Open, his first ranking title in 29 months, by defeating Poland’s Sebastian Steyer in the final.
The rapid throwing Dutchman had shown decent form in reaching the semi-final of the Slovak Masters the day before and he carried that over on the Saturday as he reeled off wins against Jaroslav Marecek, Craig Venman, Jason Marriott and reigning BDO World Champion Wayne Warren.
Steyer had ridden his luck a bit to make his third career BDO/WDF final, winning four consecutive last-leg deciders against Anoop Ramdajal, Daniele Petri, Ben Hazel and Richard Veenstra.
Those nerves of steel eluded ‘The Dream’ in the final though as Landman raced into an early 5-0 lead and although the Pole got on the board in the sixth leg, the Dutchman sealed the deal in the seventh leg, hitting his second maximum of the game and hitting tops at the first time of asking for a 17-darter.
Landman trousers €2,500 for his efforts and will enjoy a significant jump in the latest rankings, while Steyer’s wait for a BDO/WDF title goes on after his near misses in Greece and Poland last year.
Another man pleased with his weekend’s efforts is Warren, who picked up his third ranking event of the year in the Slovak Masters thanks to a narrow 6-5 final win over Lancashire’s David Evans.
‘Yank’ produced a typically consistent showing o the Friday, recording consecutive 5-2 wins over Romania’s Gabriel Pascaru, Aaron Turner and Landman.
Evans had also looked close to his best in 4-1 wins over Janos Vegso and Roman Benecky, as well as his 5-2 semi-final triumph over Francesco Raschini, but he did have to survive a last leg decider against Steyer in the quarter-finals.
Things were nip and tuck throughout the final but it was the veteran Welshman who got over the line, nailing the crucial double and securing the €2,000 top prize with an average just shy of 92.
The ladies circuit has opened up a bit following Lisa Ashton’s move to the PDC and Fallon Sherrock’s busier schedule and that saw two different players enter the winners’ enclosure.
Lorraine Winstanley won her first BDO ranking title in 15 months in the Slovak Open, as she survived multiple match darts against Laura Turner to emerge a 5-4 winner.
The 2017 World Masters winner beat Kirsty Hutchinson 5-2 and Deta Hedman, who she’d lost to the day before in the Slovak Masters semis, to make the final. Turner, meanwhile, had seen off Roz Bulmer and Anastasia Dobromyslova in the latter stages.
The Surrey thrower missed seven match darts with the game poised at 4-4, with Winstanley eventually landing the elusive double 10 herself to nab the title and €900.
Maria O’Brien won a title in Samorin for the second consecutive year as she won the fourth ranking competition of her career in the Slovak Masters.
After beating Turner 5-1 in the quarters, the Plymouth ace overcame successive last leg shootouts against Dobromyslova and Hedman to take the title.
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