Tuesday, December 4, 2018

PDC World Championship Overview and a couple of quiz questions!

So with the PDC World Darts Championship only a couple of weeks away, I thought I would give an overview of the tournament and potential moments to look out for. I will start my '12 to Follow' tomorrow, giving a more incisive preview of the players,but for now, what can we expect, or where may we see some highlights.

New for this year, are the guaranteed places of Women's players in this year's tournament. I think this is a great move and can only be good for the game. There are some World Class players and the women's game is growing and improving all the time.

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Anastasia Dobromyslova (left), has had some taste of the Men's Championship, when she appeared at the 2009 event. Although she lost 5-3 in the preliminary round to Remco van Eijden, she equipped herself well. She may well be a better player now, so her first round opponent, world number 74,Ryan Joyce, will certainly have his work cut out. Lisa Ashton (right) takes on Jan Dekker of the Netherlands. Dekker has blown hot and cold this season and the prospect of playing (arguably) the best Womens darts player in the world, could result in an interesting game.Definitely a 50/50 chance for either player,although the bookies seem to disagree.

Another first round highlight sees Polish player Krzysztof Ratajski against Japanese number one Seigo Asada. Asada has a lot of experience in the tournament, as well as playing in the BDO World Darts Championship. Ratajski has come in to form at the right time. Two wins on the PlayersTour  in the last couple of months and a remarkable comeback victory against Gerwyn Price at the Players Championship Finals, will give him a lot of confidence. So it could be a match up of experience versus form.

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Ryan Searle versus Stephen Burton (pictured above) could be another close first round encounter. Both have played really well on the Players Tour this season and are on the up, with Burton showing particular good form at the Players Championship finals last month. Mensur Sujlovic awaits them in the second round, and an upset may be be possible.

As for the overall winner, many pundits believe it to be between Michael Van Gerwen or Gary Anderson. There are, however, some form players who are capabale of beating anyone, so I'm not so sure it's that clear cut. Gerwyn Price, James Wade, Daryl Gurney and Simon Whitlock have all shown their class over the last couple of months, along with potential outsiders Johnny Clayton and Kyle Anderson, who could both go a long way in the competition. And then there's always Michael Smith, Raymond Van Barneveld and Peter Wright. Their form has been sporadic this season, but all world beaters on their day. Exciting times ahead!!

I'll start my '12 To Follow' soon.

Just to finish, I thought I would give you 3 PDC World Darts Championship quiz questions: (Answers in the next post, or Google them if you can't wait!)

1) The first PDC World Championships took place in 1994. Name the finalists?

2) Who was the first Welsh player to appear at the World Darts Championship, doing so in 2001?

3) John Part has won the PDC World Championships twice. First in 2003, beating Phil Taylor. Which outsider, did he beat to claim his second title in 2008?

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