2001 WDF World Cup XIII - Dames
After Europe, North America, Australia and Africa, the WDF World Cup will also conquer Asia for the first time in 2011. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is the setting for the thirteenth edition of this tournament. It will be played from September 26 to 29.
With 27 participating countries in the ladies, 26 in the men and seven in the youth the tournament is slightly less visited than the previous editions, but the tournament is still a resounding success. Thailand makes its debut in 2001 at a WDF World Cup.
Ladies Pairs tournament
In 2001 the Netherlands takes all ladies titles at the WDF World Cup. The pairs torunament also becomes a prey for the Dutch duo Francis Hoenselaar & Mieke de Boer. In the final, the Orange ladies beat the Swedish couple of Carina Ekberg & Kristina Korpii. For both Swedish ladies it is the second time in a row that they have to settle for the silver. This year they did beat the English ladies in the quarterfinals on their way to the final, revenge for the lost final of two years ago.
More remarkable results can be noted in the quarterfinals. The Japanese ladies Nishikawa & Ono, for example, beat the experienced Welsh duo Sandra Greatbatch & Jan Robbins and Finnish ladies Juhola & Salminen sent Northern Ireland home.
The Netherlands once before won the pairs at the WDF World Cup, that was in Las Vegas in 1993 when Hoenselaar won the gold at the side of Valerie Maytum.
Ladies Singles tournament
The Dutch team proves to be unbeatable in Kuala Lumpur. After winning the pairs tournament, they play against each other in the singles final. Mieke de Boer and Francis Hoenselaar make it a nervous game, it turns out to be difficult to play against each other if you have been together for a week. Ultimately, it is the most experienced of the two who takes the title. Hoenselaar beats De Boer 4-2.
Defending champion Trina Gulliver will reach the last 16 this year where veteran Anne Kirk beats her. Kirk eventually takes a bronze medal after losing to Hoenselaar in the semi-finals. The last medal goes to the Australia’s Natalie Carter. With six different nationalities in the quarterfinals without a lady from England or Wales, it says something about the globalization of women's darts.
Francis Hoenselaar is the second Dutch lady to take the title after Valerie Maytum. Maytum did this in 1987 in Copenhagen. Hoenselaar had been in the final twice before, but in both 1995 and 1999 she had to settle for silver.
Ladies Overall classification
Just like two years earlier, all titles go to one country in 2011. In 1999 it was England that took all titles in 2001 it is the Netherlands that takes home three golds. Francis Hoenselaar wins the singles final from her teammate Mieke de Boer. Together they also win the pairs and thus the overall title with a record number of points of 66. The silver goes to Carina Ekberg and Kristina Korpii from Sweden with 22 points. The bronze goes to Australia (Natalie Carter & Tracie James) with 20 points. Defending champion England finishes fifth in 2001.
1 - 66 points Netherlands
2 - 22 points Sweden
3 - 20 points Australia
4 - 15 points Japan
5 - 13 points England
6 - 12 points Finland
7 - 11 points Phillipines/ Wales
9 - 10 points Denmark/ Norway/ Scotland
12 - 9 points New Zealand/ Northern Ireland/ Canada
15 - 6 points South Africa
16 - 4 points Germany/ Thailand
18 - 3 points Ireland/ Switzerland
20 - 1 point Cyprus/ France/ Kenya/ Malaysia/ Italy
25 - 0 points Bahamas/ Seychelles/ Singapore