Grand Slam of Darts - Sunday Evening Session
Please find below a round-up and reports from Sunday's evening session at the PartyPoker.com Grand Slam of Darts.
Text courtesy of David Allen, image courtesy of Lawrence Lustig, PDC.
ANASTASIA DOBROMYSLOVA injected Girl Power into the Grand Slam of Darts with a sensational victory over Vincent van der Voort last night.
The 25-year-old Russian produced the biggest ever win by a woman in a televised contest, edging out van der Voort 5-4 in a nine-leg thriller.
She hit back to level with a 121 finish after van der Voort led 3-1, and also took the deciding leg with a 100 checkout to ensure a winner-takes-all clash with Mark Webster on Tuesday.
"I'm on top of the world," said Dobromyslova, only the second woman to defeat a man on TV in recent years, after Deta Hedman in the 2005 UK Open.
"I'm really pleased a lady has won and pleased it's me. This year, I'm a different player to when I played in the Grand Slam in 2008.
"I feel more comfortable and that shows on stage - but I've not qualified yet and I've got to think of playing Mark Webster on Tuesday now."
Webster suffered the same fate as Dobromyslova 24 hours earlier when he took on reigning champion Phil Taylor later on Sunday evening, losing 5-0 as Taylor racked up a 105 average.
Taylor has now booked his place in the second round, while Mervyn King is also assured a last 16 spot following a 5-4 win over Steve Maish.
Maish led 3-1 after taking out finishes of 161 and 100, but King battled back to edge the win and a second successive victory.
Maish will take on Kirk Shepherd in the third round of group games on Tuesday, after the youngster overcame Darryl Fitton 5-3 with a strong display.
Tony O'Shea, the number eight seed, has one foot into the second round following his 5-2 defeat of Colin Osborne.
Colin Lloyd whitewashed Brian Woods 5-0 in the other Group B game and now needs to defeat O'Shea on Tuesday to progress.
Women's world champion Francis Hoenselaar threatened another upset in Group D, when she led John Part 2-0 before succumbing to a 5-3 loss against the Canadian.
Part now needs to defeat Raymond van Barneveld in their final group game on Tuesday, after the Dutchman battled from 3-1 down to defeat Kevin Painter in a decider.
Groups E-H play their second matches on Monday night, with the games featuring BDO World Champion Ted Hankey's must-win contest with Wayne Mardle.
Grand Slam of Darts
Sunday Evening Results - Groups A-D
John Part 5-3 Francis Hoenselaar
Colin Lloyd 5-0 Brian Woods
Vincent van der Voort 4-5 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Darryl Fitton 3-5 Kirk Shepherd
Raymond van Barneveld 5-4 Kevin Painter
Phil Taylor 5-0 Mark Webster
Tony O'Shea 5-2 Colin Osborne
Mervyn King 5-4 Steve Maish
Monday Fixtures (6pm start)
Groups E-H Second Games
Co Stompe v Kevin McDine
Andy Hamilton v Gary Mawson
Adrian Lewis v Denis Ovens
Ted Hankey v Wayne Mardle
Gary Anderson v Steve Beaton
James Wade v Robert Thornton
Terry Jenkins v Darin Young
Simon Whitlock v Scott Waites
JOHN PART 5-3 FRANCIS HOENSELAAR
JOHN PART survived a mighty scare before coming through the challenge of the women's world champion, Francis Hoenselaar, in Wolverhampton.
The game was finely poised at three all before the Canadian won two legs on the bounce to keep his hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive.
After the match a relieved Part said: "That was scary. Francis showed that she is an excellent dart player, and I had to work very hard for the win."
Hoenselaar started the match superbly with a 113 checkout in the opening leg. She then doubled her lead after Part missed three darts at doubles.
Part took the third leg to get his name on the board and then squared the game after Hoenselaar missed four darts at double top to take a 3-1 lead.
Hoenselaar lead the game for a third time after winning the fifth leg, and then had a chance to win the next leg. But her attempt at bullseye for a 135 finish was off-target and Part landed double 19.
After the match Hoenselaar said: "I really enjoyed tonight. I felt more comfortable on the stage. I had chances to really put the pressure and should have probably have gone 3-1 ahead. That may have been the difference."
Part then took the lead for the first time in the contest despite Hoesnelaar hitting her second 180 of the game. The Canadian then managed to close out the match with an 80 finish.
COLIN LLOYD 5-0 BRIAN WOODS
COLIN LLOYD put together a clinical display to whitewash Brian Woods at the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts.
The Essex thrower bounced back from a disappointing defeat to Colin Osborne on the opening night of the competition with an impressive three-dart average of 101.
Woods recorded a maximum in the opening leg, but was unable to land double top to win it, and Lloyd hit double five to take the lead.
Woods hit another 180 in the second leg but it was Lloyd who hit an excellent 124 checkout to double his advantage.
Lloyd soon made it 3-0, and then went one leg away from the match by completing an 84 finish on the bullseye.
Woods had no answer and Lloyd hit double fourteen in the fifth leg to complete a comprehensive win.
After the match Lloyd said: "I knew I had to have a big game today after last night's disappointing result. I was focused tonight and I enjoyed it."
Lloyd will now take on Tony O'Shea in his last group match on Tuesday evening.
ANASTASIA DOBROMYSLOVA 5-4 VINCENT VAN DER VOORT
ANASTASIA DOBROMYSLOVA recorded a famous victory against Dutchman Vincent van der Voort with a 5-4 win at the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts.
The former women's world champion was 4-3 behind, but won the final two legs of the match to keep her hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive and also become only the second female, behind Deta Hedman, to defeat a man in a televised PDC event.
Both players held throw in the opening two legs, before van der Voort broke throw in the third leg after Dobromyslova missed four darts at doubles for a 2-1 lead.
Van der Voort then moved into a 3-1 lead in the fourth leg after Dobromyslova was off-target on the doubles once again.
But Dobromyslova hit back superbly, winning the fifth leg with a 15-dart finish and then levelling the game with a fantastic 12 darter, opened with a 180 and completed with a 121 checkout on the bullseye.
Van der Voort took the lead once again by winning the seventh leg, but the Russian produced three 140s to win the next against the darts.
In the deciding leg Van der Voort missed a dart at double 16 for the match, and Dobromyslova capitalised by converting a superb two-dart 100 finish under immense pressure.
"I'm on top of the world," said the 25-year-old Russian. "I'm really pleased a lady has won and pleased it's me.
"This year, I'm a different player to when I played in the Grand Slam in 2008. I feel more comfortable and that shows on stage - but I've not qualified yet and I've got to think of playing Mark Webster on Tuesday now."
KIRK SHEPHERD 5-3 DARRYL FITTON
KIRK SHEPHERD kept alive his hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase of the Grand Slam of Darts with a 5-3 win over Darryl Fitton, who suffered a second successive loss in the event.
Shepherd was whitewashed by Mervyn King in his opening game, but replied in style with a strong display.
Shepherd broke throw in the opening leg, hitting a 180 to leave 62, took the second and then landed another maximum in a 14-darter to move 3-0 up.
A brace of double top finishes from Fitton put him back into the contest at 3-2, but a 68 finish from Shepherd edged him a leg away from the win.
Fitton landed a second 180 of the game and then double 18 in a 13-dart finish to keep the game alive, but Shepherd edged clear in the next and took out double eight for victory.
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD 5-4 KEVIN PAINTER
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD produced a brilliant comeback from 3-1 down to claim a final-leg victory over Kevin Painter and put one foot into the second round of the Grand Slam of Darts.
The Dutchman defeated Francis Hoenselaar in Saturday's opening fixture, but looked on course to lose his unbeaten record when Painter stormed clear.
Painter produced a 12-darter to open the match, with both players hitting 180s as the Englishman broke throw, before then hitting a second maximum and double eight to move 2-0 up, although van Barneveld missed three darts at double 19.
The duo traded 180s again in the third, but painter missed two darts to steal the leg in giving van Barneveld a reprieve on double two.
Painter recovered to land a 134 in setting up tops for a 3-1 lead at the break, and he also held a 4-2 cushion after they shared the next two legs, before van Barneveld posted double two in the seventh.
Painter missed five darts for the match in leg eight, as double top from van Barneveld secured his first break and also a deciding leg.
The leg was opened with a maximum from Painter, but he left himself 40 after 12 darts only for the Dutchman to hold his nerve with double 18 for a 96 finish.
"Kevin played great darts before the break but after the break it turned around and Kevin let me in," said van Barneveld. "The last leg was tense but I'm so pleased to have won.
"There are so many times I've played well and lost so it's good it's happened for me the other way tonight."
PHIL TAYLOR 5-0 MARK WEBSTER
PHIL TAYLOR recorded a second successive whitewash win in the Grand Slam of Darts by storming past Mark Webster at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
Reigning champion Taylor saw off Anastasia Dobromyslova in just 71 darts on Saturday, and matched that 24 hours later to book his place in the knockout last 16 with a game to spare.
Taylor kicked off the contest with a maximum, and took the first leg with a 13-darter before repeating the feat in the second to break Webster's throw, punishing four missed doubles for the leg from the Welshman.
Webster also missed one dart for the third leg - at double top for a 160 finish - as Taylor landed double eight for a 14-dart finish, and the 14-time World Champion edged a scrappy fourth with double one, as the left-hander saw four more chances go begging.
Taylor returned from the break in ominous mood, hitting scores of 135, 140 and 140 before taking out 86 in two darts for an 11-darter in wrapping up a comprehensive win.
"Maybe the scoreline doesn't reflect the game but I put Mark under pressure and he missed doubles," said Taylor. "I'm pleased to be through now but I still want to beat Vincent van der Voort on Tuesday and stay unbeaten."
TONY O'SHEA 5-2 COLIN OSBORNE
TONY O'SHEA maintained his impeccable start to the Grand Slam of Darts with a 5-2 win over Colin Osborne to put one foot into the second round.
O'Shea followed up Saturday's defeat of Brian Woods with a 98.91 average in overcoming Osborne, who held an early 2-1 lead.
Osborne opened the match with a 180 and took the opening leg against the throw, only for O'Shea to reply in kind in the second.
Three missed doubles from O'Shea allowed Osborne to nick the second on tops, only for the Derby man to then miss two darts for a 3-1 lead, as double 16 saw his opponent level at the break.
Double 16 for a second successive leg gave O'Shea a 3-2 cushion, and the duo traded 180s in the next as the BDO number one took a 4-2 lead on double eight, before wrapping up the win on double 16.
"It was quite a good performance and I'm happy with that," said O'Shea, who meets Colin Lloyd on Tuesday in his final group game.
"Colin started well but I hung in there and I think my experience got me through in the end because I didn't panic."
MERVYN KING 5-4 STEVE MAISH
MERVYN KING booked his spot in the second round of the Grand Slam of Darts with a final-leg victory over Steve Maish.
King had whitewashed Kirk Shepherd on Saturday, but had to come from 3-1 down to see off the ITV Wildcard Qualifier.
Maish made a brilliant start, winning the first leg on the bull and missed double 11 for the second leg, before King levelled.
But Maish produced a sensational 161 checkout to claim the third leg and moved 3-1 up with a 100 finish that featured two double tops.
However, he missed his chances to win the fifth as King pulled back to 3-2, before he levelled despite a 180 from Maish in the next.
King edged leg seven to lead for the first time, only for Maish to land a 180 and double 16 to secure a deciding leg, but it was King who was looking stronger to take out 70 for the victory.