The Scandic Hotel, Malmo, provided a great location for the 2018 Swedish Open, LDO Ladies Classic and Gents Classic.
Friday evening played host to the LDO Swedish Ladies Classic. With so much talent in attendance, the competition was fierce and through to the semi-finals went Trina Gulliver MBE, Lisa Ashton, Kaisu Rekinen and Deta Hedman. Ashton knocked out last years champion, Fallon Sherrock in the quarter-finals to secure a match against Gulliver MBE. With world titles between them, the match was nip-and-tuck, but Ashton just had the edge to win 5-3. She faced Finnish Rekinen in the final, who took out the world number 2, Deta Hedman with another 5-3 score-line. The final went the distance, with the reigning World Champion taking the title 5-4 over her opponent.
The main event, the Swedish Open singles took place on the Saturday and first into the ladies’ semi-finals was reigning Swedish Open Champion Lorraine Winstanley, who faced Friday’s Champion, Lisa Ashton. The second semi-final was contested between number three seed Aileen de Graaf and England’s Laura Turner. Winstanley, with a 78.33, claimed a 5-2 win against de Graaf, who won her place in the final with a close 5-4 win over Turner. Winstanley continued her form to retain the title in a nail-biting 5-4 win over Dutchwoman de Graaf.
The men’s tournament didn’t fail to disappoint, as World Professional Champion, Glen Durrant powered his way into the quarter-finals before a close 4-3 victory over Germany’s Michael Unterbuchner took him into the semi-finals. Durrant faced local favourite, Sweden’s Andreas Harrysson, who previously defeated number 12 seed Dean Reynolds 4-1 in his quarter-final clash. England International Dan Day had a tough run to his semi-final, defeating Jim Williams 4-2 and Ross Montgomery 4-0, where he met number 10 seed Wayne Warren. Warren was on a similarly impressive winning streak, taking out ‘The Hammer’, Anthony Hamilton 4-3 and world number 2 Mark McGeeney 4-0. First to claim his final spot was Harrysson, who held his nerve to topple the favourite Durrant 5-4, whilst Day put in a clinical performance against Warren to see him into the final, winning 5-1. Despite huge support for the home favourite, Day proved too strong and claimed his second title of the season with a 6-4 win with a 90.72 average.
The final ranked event of the weekend, the Gents Swedish Classic, saw the unseeded Swede Daniel Larsson storm a 5-1 victory over England’s Gary Robson. Robbo, the number five seed defeated Hampshire’s Gary Stafford in his semi-final, whilst Larsson beat Dutch star Willem Mandingers 4-3. Larsson also beat Dave Parletti 3-0 in the last 16 and Mark McGeeney 4-3 in the quarter-finals on his way to victory.
The men’s pairs went to Lithuania’s Darius Labanauskas and Mindaugas Barauskas, who despite being 4-0 behind, came back to win 5-4 against England’s Andy Hamilton and Dean Winstanley.
The ladies’ event went to the Swedish pairing of Maud Jansson and Vicky Pruim, who beat England duo Lisa Ashton and Laura Turner 4-2.
Full results can be found at http://www.swedishopendart.se/2018/draw.php