March 25, 2019

Athens became host to the inaugural Greek Festival of Darts, boasting two Men’s and Ladies singles competitions; The Acropolis Open and The Greek Open.

Both Thibault Tricole and Paula Jacklin, fresh off the back recent victories in Torremolinos, made it through to the finals of both The Acropolis Open and The Greek Open.

Jacklin faced Romania’s Andreea Brad in the Acropolis Open following in a narrow 5-4 win over Middlesex Ladies Captain Maggie Sutton, who came from 4-0 down to force a deciding leg, whilst Brad faced number one seed Anastasia Dobromyslova in her semi-final, beating the three-times World Champion 4-2 to claim her spot in the final.

The final went the distance with Brad pushing the number two seed all the way, but Jacklin managed to find that extra gear at the right time to take the title 6-5.

Tricole’s route to the final saw him take a quarter-final win over Adrian Frim before facing John Scott in the semi-final, beating the number three seed 5-2.

Tricole faced Italy’s Stefano Tomassetti, reaching his first ever BDO ranked final following a tough match against Greece’s Kostas Pantelidis in the quarter-finals, edging out the local favourite 4-3 before coming through a similarly close-run game against Poland’s Sebastian Steyer, taking the final leg to win 5-4.

The final saw Tomassetti take his first BDO ranked title and win a place at the World Masters with a confident 6-3 over Tricole, denying the Frenchman the opportunity to play for a double victory.

Sunday’s Greek Open saw Jacklin face Sutton again in the semi-final, with Jacklin taking a more assured 5-1 win to make her second final of the weekend.

She faced Lancashire’s Sue Cusick in the final after Cusick beat Denmark’s Wanja With 5-1 in the semi final stages.

A 6-3 win for the Lincolnshire Ladies Captain over Cusick in the final saw her lift the Greek Open title and take a double victory, winning her third tournament in less than two weeks and move up the BDO ranking table into 12th spot.

The Men’s Greek Open final saw Tricole take on Saturday’s semi-finalist Sebastian Steyer. Steyer beat Hungary’s Gabor Takacs and Greece’s Kostas Pantelidis en-route to the final, whilst Tricole faced a second last-eight clash with Adrian Frim, before beating Wayne Halliwell 3-5 in the semi-final.

The final went the way of Tricole, running out a 6-2 winner over Steyer, but Steyer’s consistent performance over the weekend will see him break into the top 50 of the BDO rankings and Tricole will move from 120th spot into the top 80 of the BDO rankings.

Full results can be found here

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