2017 WDF World Cup XXI - Dames

Published at 14/09/2020

General
The 21st edition of the WDF World Cup was held from 3 to 7 October at the Kobe International Exhibition Hall in Japan. It is after Kuala Lumpur in 2011 the second time that the WDF World Cup is played in Asia. A number of leading darts countries are absent from this 21st edition of this event. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, among others, cannot get it financially in order to travel to Japan.

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Yet it will be an unforgettable edition in which 28 men's teams, 26 women's teams and 12 youth teams compete for the big Cups. Hong Kong was last there in 1989 and returns to the WDF World Cup, Mongolia and South Korea make their debut, just as Marco Meijer does as a referee on the podium.

Ladies Pairs tournament
Due to the absence of these countries, the tournament is of course somewhat devalued, yet the pairs tournament yields a number of fantastic matches. When the pre-tournament favourites; Aileen de Graaf and Sharon Prins lose in the last 16 to Belgium, the tournament is wide open. In the semi-finals there are four pairs from four different countries.

The Finnish duo Kirsi Viinikainen and Kaisu Rekinen have to bow to the superiority of Russians Anastasia Dobromyslova and Marina Kononova. Robyn Byrne and Caroline Breen from Ireland win in a ninth and deciding leg against the "other" Dutch pair Anca Zijlstra and Vanessa Zuidema. The final is a one-sided affair. The experience of Anastasia Dobromyslova is the deciding factor on the big stage. After she had claimed the WDF World Cup pairs title in 2007 with Irina Armstrong on her side, she manages to repeat that piece of art ten years later. The result of the final is 6-1 in favour of the Russian ladies.

The Irish ladies never took a silver medal in the pairs ever before and were therefore certainly satisfied with this achievement.

Ladies Singles tournament
For the first time in history, the winner of the singles tournament is from Scandinavia. Vicky Pruim previously played five times for her native Belgium in the 90’s during WDF World Cups, but never got further than the last 16, in Japan she plays under the Swedish flag. In Kobe she beats Sari Nikula, Patricia de Peuter, Silke Lowe, Tina Osborne and Anastasia Dobromyslova en route to the final.

In the final, the Dutch ace Sharon Prins is her opponent. Prins already won the European Cup singles a year earlier and can now take the double. In the semi-final, Prins defeated her compatriot Aileen de Graaf and before that Anna Forsmark, Bianka Vojtkova, Rachna David, Kaisu Rekinen and Asia Marini. For the third time in four years the final goes to a thirteenth and decisive leg. The Dutch misses a total of six match darts and must leave the honour to her Swedish opponent.

Ladies Team Event
With the absence of the aforementioned teams, the Dutch quartet of Sharon Prins, Aileen de Graaf, Anca Zijlstra & Vanessa Zuidema start the tournament as the favourites. The Dutch ladies experience few problems in the group stage. At the last 16, however, it almost goes wrong. The USA team offers fantastic opposition, but still has to bow to The Netherlands with 9-7. The same story actually follows in the quarterfinals. This time it’s the Russians who stay with them for a long time, but still stay behind empty-handed at the end. Again The Netherlands wins 9-7.

Mikuru Suzuki, Asako Atarashi, Mana Kawakami & Naomi Saito represent host country Japan and do so very well. Yet they too do not get further than seven won legs against The Netherlands. In the other semi-final it is Vicky Plum, Paulina Soderstrom, Anna Forsmark & Maud Jansson who compete on behalf of Sweden against the Australian quartet of Natalie Carter, Corrine Hammond, Janine Cassar & Tori Kewish. Somewhat surprisingly, the Swedish ladies win this encounter 9-4. In the final, again it is not super easy for the Dutch ladies, but it does end well. They beat the Swedish ladies 9-6 and thus not only take the gold in the team event, but also take the overall gold.

Ladies Overall classification
Thanks largely to the team event final won, the Dutch women are overall WDF World Cup champions for the second time in history. Sharon Prins, Aileen de Graaf, Anca Zijlstra & Vanessa Zuidema grab a total of 128 points and that is 33 points more than the Swedish team of Vicky Pruim, Paulina Soderstrom, Anna Forsmark & Maud Jansson. The bronze goes to the Russian ladies Anastasia Dobromyslova, Natalia Fefilova, Marina Kononova & Ekaterina Cherkasova who finish on a total of 79 points. Australia finishes fourth this year and Ireland fifth.

Overall ranking
1 - 128 points Netherlands
2 - 95 points Sweden
3 - 79 points Russia
4 - 52 points Australia
5 - 51 points Republic Ireland
6 - 40 points Japan
7 - 35 points Finland
8 - 33 points South Africa
9 - 31 points Belgium
10 - 30 points Switzerland
11 - 28 points Norway
12 - 27 points New Zealand
13 - 24 points USA
14 - 23 points Canada
15 - 22 points Northern Ireland
16 - 14 points Germany
17 - 12 points Czech Republic
18 - 8 points Bahamas/ Hong Kong
20 - 7 points Denmark
21 - 4 points South Korea
22 - 3 points Mongolia
23 - 2 points Italy/ France
25 - 0 points India