Karel Sedlacek took the 2018 Czech Open with a 6-2 win over Austria’s Hannes Schnier in front of a lively home crowd at the Hotel Orea, Prague.
Despite a seemingly nervy first leg, Sedlacek soon settled into a rhythm, comfortably taking the next five consecutive legs. Despite Schnier pulling one leg back in the seventh, Sedlacek held his throw in the eight leg to become the first Czech player since David Miklas in 2004 to win the title.
Sedlacek was clinical in his semi-final against England’s Craig Venman, taking out finishes of 136, 116, 96 and 118 on his way to a straight 5-0 victory. Schnier had a much closer encounter with Dutch player Gino Vos, winning 5-4 to secure his place in the final.
The ladies final saw number one seed Lisa Ashton face the 2018 Northern Ireland Open Champion Lorraine Winstanley. Ashton went out flying, and was soon leading 3-1, before two inspired finishes of 161 and 160 in the sixth and seventh legs put Winstanley within one leg of victory. Despite Ashton sitting on tops to level the match, Winstanley held her throw to take the title 3-5.
Ashton claimed her place in the final with a 4-2 win over ‘the Golden Girl’, Trina Gulliver, whilst Winstanley beat Lancashire’s Jo Clements 4-1.
Full results for the Czech Open can be found here.