Greaves Imperious

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World Champion and dominant force Beau Greaves remains the red-hot favourite to add the World Masters title to her ever-expanding trophy collection after a dominant second day in Assen.

The teenage sensation won her round-robin group without dropping a leg and she continued the trend on day two, winning all four knockout games to nil to reach the semi-finals.

The 18-year-old recorded the same average in her first three games, a 90.54, as she defeated Petra Luyten, Samantha Piccolo and Sharon Straatsma-Pul. That average dipped by 10 points in her final game of the day but she still had too much for Norway’s Rachna David.

Greaves will face Japan’s Mayumi Ouchi in the semi-finals. Ouchi cut a calm and collected figure all day, beating Gerlin van Roosmalen, Yoko Tsukui, Kirsty Hutchinson and Wendy Harper to reach the last four of the World Masters for the first time after four previous quarter-final defeats.

The bottom half of the draw saw two players record career-best runs.

Natalie Gilbert in quarter-final action at the 2022 Winmau World Masters.

England international Natalie Gilbert got better as the day went on, her average improving in every round as she beat Christiane Muzik, Brenda Moreau, two-time World Master Deta Hedman and Germany’s Stefanie Rennoch.

The Warwickshire players replicated her recent PDC Women’s Series form in her display against Hedman and began her quarterfinal in similarly dominant style.

But, the streamed quarter-final match up with Rennoch saw Gilbert almost squander a 4-0 lead before finally hitting double five to win 5-4.

She’ll face soft tip ace Almudena Fajardo for a spot in the final. Spanish international Fajardo made a name for herself earlier in the year by reaching the Europe Cup Singles final and she’s continued that in Assen with a string of good victories.

She beat Aileen de Graaf in the round-robin group and in the knockouts could include Lerena Rietbergen, two-time World Champion Mikuru Suzuki and Scotland’s Lorraine Hyde among her beaten opponents.

The Men’s and Women’s Winmau World Masters will come to a conclusion on Sunday.


Words: WDF & DW Editorial

Photo: Jos Groen/NDB


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