The weekend saw the Swiss Darts Association host the 36th Swiss Open and the 3rd Helvetia Open in Zurich, where top honours were shared over the two days between Thomas Junghans, Deta Hedman, Alan Soutar and Fallon Sherrock.
Saturday’s Swiss Open saw almost 200 Men and 33 women enter the fray to be crowned Champion in the SDA’s flagship event.
Through to the staged quarter finals in the Men’s event progressed Brian Raman, Simon Stainton, Dennie Olde Kalter, Jason Marriott, Stefan Bellmont, Francis Carragher, Thomas Junghans and Wayne Warren.
A confident Raman, fresh from success in Denmark last month, had a close match against Lincolnshire’s Stainton, winning through to the semi-finals 2 sets to 1 win. The Netherland’s Olde Kalter beat England’s Marriott in straight sets, to see him secure a semi-final clash against Raman.
Swiss thrower Bellmont couldn’t quite get the better of Carragher, as the Irishman moved into his first semi-final of 2019 winning 2-0, whilst Wales’s Warren was at the sharp-end of an impressive match with Junghans, losing 2-0 with a 93.43 average, with Junghans registering a 90.66.
Raman couldn’t quite repeat his earlier form, losing to Olde Kalter 2-1 to see the Dutchman move into his first BDO ranked final of the year. Olde Kalter would face Switzerland’s Junghans in the final, who continued his earlier good form to beat Carragher 2-0 in sets with a 96.84 in the second semi.
The final went the distance, with Junghans just edging out Olde Kalter 3-2 in sets to take the title in front of a home crowd.
The ladies’ Swiss Open semi-final line up saw England’s Laura Turner face Australia’s Corrine Hammond, whilst 2018 Champion Fallon Sherrock played England’s Deta Hedman.
Both Turner and Hammond struggled to get going in a semi-final which could have gone either way. Turner held out to take the match 2-0 to progress in to the final where she would meet Hedman, in a match which would mark thirty years since Hedman first lifted the Swiss Open title.
Hedman had a solid performance in the semi-final against Sherrock, whose missed doubles proved costly, allowing Hedman to take the initiative and win in straight sets with an 85.53 average.
Despite Turner picking up her standard of play in the final, Hedman’s consistent scoring and accurate finishing saw her take the Swiss Open title for the seventh time, winning 2-1 in sets.
Sunday played host to the CAT C ranked Helvetia Open where the Scottish paring of Alan Soutar and Euan Callander progressed into the semi-final stages to face number 13 seed Jitse van der Wal and Saturday’s champion Thomas Junghans respectively.
Scottish Captain Soutar took the first semi-final 5-2 over van der Wal, whilst teammate Callander lost out to the in-form Junghans 5-3 in the second semi.
This final also went the full way, with Soutar narrowly denying Junghans the weekend double winning 5-4 to take his first BDO title of 2019.
The ladies final four bore similar resemblance to Saturday, with the exception of Sharon Prins, who beat Swiss Open Champion Hedman in the quarter finals to face reigning Helvetia Open Champion Fallon Sherrock in the semis.
Number four seed Laura Turner once again faced number eight seed Corrine Hammond, who notably knocked out number one seed Aileen de Graaf in both tournaments in the quarter final stages. With a 4-2 win over Hammond, Turner progressed to her second final of the weekend.
Sherrock, who entered the tournament seeded third kept her campaign to retain the Helvetia Open title alive with a 4-1 win over number seven seed Prins to move into the final.
The final saw Turner quickly move into a 3-0 lead in a best of seven match before Sherrock stepped up a gear to take the next four legs to ensure she retained the title for the second consecutive year.
Results can be found here
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