August 27, 2019

The final weekend before the upcoming BDO World Trophy saw three ranked tournaments on offer, including the return of the French Open and the newly added French Classic at Bray Dunes.

Saturday's French Open saw number 4 seed Nick Kenny once again on top spot following his win a couple of weeks ago in Belgium, and seems to be finding top form at the right time! He beat the West Midlands Nick Fullwell, who was seeded 11th 5-1 in the final, with Nick making his first final since winning the Torremolinos Classic in 2019.

Reaching the semi-finals were both BDO World Youth Champion Leighton Bennett and Lancashire's Dave Evans. Bennett narrowly missed out on a place in the final 5-4 against Kenny, whilst Fullwell advanced with a 5-1 win over Evans. 

The ladies French Open saw England Captain Deta Hedman back to winning ways as she won the final against number 1 seed, Lisa Ashton 5-2.

Hedman won her place in the final following a 5-1 win in the semi-finals against number 7 seed Paula Jacklin, with Lisa beating The Netherland's Priscilla Steenbergen 5-3 in the second semi-final.

The tournament is Hedman's 5th of the season and sees her move into joint World Number 2 position on the Ladies rolling table.

The French Classic was a new addition to the tour this year, which saw Adam Smith-Neale claim his first title since winning the 2018 World Masters and Aileen de Graaf ad yet another title to her impressive haul of tournament wins this season. 

Smith-Neale face Dave Evans in the final, who went a stage further than Saturday's Classic following his 5-3 win over Dennie Olde Kalter in the semi finals, however couldn't quite get going in the final which saw Smith-Nelae roll out 5-0 winner.

Smith-Neale had similar success in the semi-finals, where he achieved a whitewash win over John Desreumaux to move into his first final since Slovakia back in February.

Lisa Ashton made her second final of the weekend with a 5-0 win over Kirsty Hutchinson in the semi-final, but couldn't quite clinch victory over the Dutch sharpshoot as de Graaf took the deciding leg to win 5-4 over the Lancashire Rose.

Saturday's French Open Champion was also narrowly edged out by de Graaf in their semi-final cash by the same 5-4 scoreline.

Full results can be found at www.dartsforwindows.com/draws 

Picture © - Aileen de Graaf - courtesy of TipTopPics ©