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January 06, 2019

Following last year’s first round exit to Sharon Prins, Maria O’Brien produced an outstanding performance to defeat pairs partner Deta Hedman on the Lakeside stage for the first time. Hedman, a three-time runner-up in the BDO women’s Professional Darts Championship, struggled to get out first gear in a tough first round match-up.

After O’Brien failed to settle in the opening leg of the match, she showed tremendous spirit to work her way back to winning the set 3-1. Hedman would run her doubles partner all the way in the second set of the match, but ultimately didn’t do enough to continue her quest for a first BDO World Championship title. 

Despite her straight-forward victory, O’Brien knows she will have to improve, if she is to progress any further in the competition. “I went on stage thinking I was going to we, regardless if it was a 2-0 or a 2-1 it didn’t matter to me.

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BY JOSH GREEN (@JoshGreenMedia)