The return of the Slovak Open, now in its second year, saw the addition of a second singles competition, the Slovak Masters, which attracted over 500 players to the x-bionic® sphere in Šamorín.
Friday saw the Slovak Masters played down to the final stages, where Russia’s Anastasia Dobromyslova and England’s Kirsty Hutchinson progressed into Saturday’s live-streamed finals, alongside 2015 World Champion Scott Mitchell and England’s Tony Martin in the Men’s event.
Dobromyslova took her place in the final with wins over Alena Gregurkov, Laura Turner and Lisa Ashton in the semi-finals, whilst Hutchinson secured her first BDO finals spot by overcoming Lorraine Winstanley, Corrine Hammond and current World Dart Trophy holder Fallon Sherrock.
Both Mitchell and Martin were in fine form Friday, with Scotty Dog securing straight leg wins over Darryl Fitton and number nine seed Chris Landman, and the unseeded Martin beating Wouter Vaes 5-1 and The Netherlands’ Willem Mandigers 5-0 in the semi-finals.
The Dobromyslova-Martin household dominated Saturdays finals; Dobromyslova took her first title of the 2018-2019 season with a 5-0 win over Hutchinson and despite Mitchell’s superior average, it was Martin who took a convincing 6-1 win to take the Slovak Masters title.
Saturday played host to the weekend’s flagship event, the Slovak Open, which produced four different finalists to the previous day. Scottish Open Champions Lisa Ashton and Wesley Harms both reproduced the form of the previous weekend to secure their places in the finals, to be joined by England’s Maria O’Brien and Winmau World Master Adam Smith-Neale.
Ashton dropped only two legs in her route to the final, beating Hungary’s Adrienn Végsó in the quarters, before overcoming Dobromyslova in the semi-finals 5-1. O’Brien reached the final with wins over Lincolnshire Ladies Captain Paula Jacklin and a narrow 5-4 quarter-final victory over Fallon Sherrock before beating the Czech Republic’s Jitka Císaíová 5-1 in the semis.
Number one seed Harms faced fellow countrymen Anoop Ramdajal and Richard Veenstra in the quarter and semi-final stages, winning 5-3 and 5-1 respectively. Smith-Neale’s final spot was won with victories over number three seed, Germany’s Michael Unterbuchner 5-1 and Slovak Masters finalist Tony Martin 5-3.
The Women’s final saw Ashton storm into a 2-0 lead before O’Brien found another gear to take the next five legs and her first Category A competition. Harms and Smith-Neale’s final went the distance, with the Dutchman edging another 6-5 win in the final to become the Slovak Open Champion.
In the youth tournaments, James Beeton took top honours in both events beating Hungary's Levente Sirai in the Slovak Masters final 4-1 and Vilem Sedivy in 4-0 in the Slovak Open. Similarly, the girls even was won both days by Hungary's Densia Feklova, who triumphed in the Masters round-robin, with Nela Melicharová finishing second and beating Slovakia's Veronika Krchova in the Open.
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