WDF Europe Cup Ladies Singles 2012

The eighteenth edition of the European Cup would initially be held in Germany, but they had to give the organization back to the WDF. Belgium then wanted to take over, but they too did not get the organization up and running on time. Eventually it is decided to return to Turkey where the Cup was held two years earlier. For the first time in the history, two consecutive editions are not only held in the same country, the same place, but also in the same location; The Grand Haber hotel in Kemer. For the first time in history 30 countries are registered in the men’s competition, with three fewer teams for the ladies. Debutants are Bulgaria, Catalonia, Jersey and Luxembourg.

The title holder in the ladies, Francis Hoenselaar has retired from darts in 2012 and so the title is vacant. It will become a surprising year. Julie Gore seems well on her way, The Welsh Ice Cube has won silver in the singles at a WDF Cup four times and yearns for gold, but she won't do so this year. Although she beats Karin Krappen and Irina Armstrong, she loses in the quarterfinals to Patricia de Peuter from Belgium. Her teammate Rhian Edwards also gets knocked out early. In her first game she loses to Anelia Eneva from Bulgaria. Another contender is Deta Hedman, but she also goes out early. The English ace loses to Finland’s Kirsi Viinikainen in the last 16, who in turn is defeated in the quarterfinals by Jeanette Stoop from Switzerland.

In the last four, Patricia de Peuter defeats Jeanette Stoop 6-3 and is very surprisingly in the final. The other semi-final is between 2008 winner Louise Hepburn and 2000 & 2006 winner, The Golden Girl Trina Gulliver. The victory is for Gulliver who reaches the final of this tournament for the fourth time.

In the final, Gulliver will not only take the singles title, but with a victory the overall title is also for England. At least that is the opinion of all experts, but Patricia de Peuter thinks otherwise. She plays the tournament of her life already, since she has previously never won an international ranking tournament. Gulliver fails to shake off her opponent. The English is much better than her Belgian opponent, but she misses a lot of doubles and with every missed double from Gulliver the confidence of De Peuter grows. When the Belgian levels at 6-6 you can almost see the despair in the eyes of Gulliver and she also loses the last leg. Patricia de Peuter takes the WDF Europe Cup singles title and indirectly also gives The Netherlands the overall title.

Venue: Turkey Grand Haber Hotel, Kemer From: Thursday 01 November 2012 Till: Saturday 03 November 2012


Patricia De Peuter
Photographer: MasterCaller.com
2012 WDF Europe Cup