2002 WDF Europe Cup XIII - Dames

Published at 10/07/2020

General
The thirteenth edition of the WDF Europe Cup was held in Mechelen, Belgium, from 17 to 19 October. The Nekker event hall is the place of action. Nineteen countries participated in the men and women, including Russia, which is present for the first time in ten years.

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Ladies Pairs tournament
The group stage of the pairs tournament in 2002 is extremely exciting. In two groups, the result between two pairs will ultimately make the decision in who will advance to the quarterfinals. In group A, Russia is going to the last eight in favour of Northern Ireland. In group C, the group of death, it is Scotland that crashes out because Wales wins the match against the Scots. England remains without a loss in that group.

In the quarterfinals, Wales and England quite easily beat Hungary and Germany respectively. The Netherlands and Sweden need a seventh and deciding leg in their quarterfinals. The Netherlands beat Ireland and Sweden beats the Russians. Those hard-fought victories apparently do the teams good as both the Netherlands and Sweden win their semi-finals. Defending champions Francis Hoenselaar & Karin Krappen from the Netherlands very easily beat Julie Gore & Jan Robbins from Wales 4-0. Swedes with Carina Ekberg & Maud Jansson have more trouble, but surprisingly beat Clare Bywaters & Trina Gulliver from England 4-2.

In the final, a seventh and deciding leg must decide the champion. Francis Hoenselaar & Karin Krappen eventually beat Carina Ekberg & Maud Jansson from Sweden with 4 legs to 3. It is the first time in the history of the WDF Europe Cup for ladies that the same pair has won the title two editions in a row. Sweden will have to keep the dream going of a second gold medal after Carina Sahlberg and Charlotte Eriksson won it in 1982.

Ladies Singles tournament
In the ladies singles, the elimination of defending champion Trina Gulliver in the first round is a big surprise. She loses 4-2 to the young Russian Anastasia Dobromyslova. In the quarterfinals the Russian also beats the experienced Scottish ace Anne Kirk, this time with 4 3. The other English lady Clare Bywaters does reach the quarterfinals and beats Olive Macintyre from Ireland in it. The other two quarterfinals are won by the Dutch ladies. Karin Krappen wins 4-3 against Julie Gore and Francis Hoenselaar 4-0 against Sabine Beutler from Switzerland.

In the semi-finals Bywaters is too strong for Krappen and Hoenselaar beats Dobromyslova 4-3. The final provides a great match, ultimately Clare Bywaters wins it by beating Francis Hoenselaar 4-2.

England has now won the ladies' singles seven times, Bywaters is the sixth lady to achieve this. Francis Hoenselaar remains stuck on one title for the time being. She now also has two silver singles medals at home. Anastasia Dobromyslova's bronze is Russia's first ever medal at a WDF Europe Cup.

Ladies Overall classification
After Francis Hoenselaar & Karin Krappen took the gold to the Netherlands for the first-time two years ago, it is immediately a hit again this year. The Dutch ladies collect 55 points and that is 20 more than England that takes home the silver. Sweden wins the bronze with 25 points. Wales is fourth with 21 points and Russia is fifth with 18 points. It is the first time in the history of the WDF Europe Cup that exactly the same pair successfully defends the cup.

Overall ranking
1 - 55 points Netherlands
2 - 35 points England
3 - 25 points Sweden
4 - 21 points Wales
5 - 18 points Russia
6 - 14 points Ireland Republic
7 - 13 points Hungary
8 - 12 points Germany
9 - 8 points Denmark/ Scotland/ Switzerland
12 - 5 points Belgium
13 - 3 points Finland/ Italy/ Northern Ireland
16 - 1 point France/ Latvia
18 - 0 points Austria/ Norway