BDO World Darts Championship: 16-year-old Beau Greaves through to semi-finals
Greaves believes she can go all the way after she celebrated her 16th birthday in style
By Brian Barry
Last Updated: 10/01/20 8:58am
Beau Greaves secured safe passage through to the BDO Women's World Championship semi-final, with a 2-1 win over third seed Aileen de Graaf on her 16th birthday.
The teenage sensation averaged 86.28 to move through to the last four, as she continues her fairy-tale run in her debut campaign.
Asked whether she felt she could now win the tournament, Greaves told BDO Darts: "Of course I can. You've always got to be confident, but not too confident.
"But I felt really good and I'm looking forward to it. It's been an amazing week."
She will face reigning champ Mikuru Suzuki in the last four, who had too much for three-time winner Anastasia Dombromyslova.
The Japanese star who featured at the Ally Pally last month edged the Russian in a tight game where she won both sets in deciding legs, after the Russian missed set darts.
On the top half of the draw, Lisa Ashton saw off last year's runner-up Lorraine Winstanley. The Lancashire Rose will face Corrie Hammond who overcame Laura Turner.
BDO World Championship: Thursday's results
|Jim Williams 4-0 Ryan Hogarth|
|Dennie Olde Kalter 1-4 Mario Vandenbogaerde|
|Martijn Kleermaker 1-4 Paul Hogan|
|Corrine Hammond 2-0 Laura Turner|
|Aileen de Graaf 1-2 Beau Greaves|
|Lisa Ashton 2-0 Lorraine Winstanley|
|Mikuru Suzuki 2-0 Anastasia Dobromyslova|
In the men's competition, second seed Jim Williams marched into the last eight with a dominant 4-0 win over Scotsman Ryan Hogarth. The Welshman remains favourite to reach the final on the bottom half of the draw, improving from his first-round performance.
He will face Paul Hogan, who turned in one of the most impressive performances of the tournament to date as he saw off seventh seed Martijn Kleermaker, 4-1. The 56-year-old's three-dart average was just shy of 100, as he found big darts at the right times throughout the game.
Meanwhile, Mario Vandenbogaerde was too strong for Dennie Olde Kalter. 'Super Mario' collected the first 11 legs of the match before his Dutch opponent rallied to take the fourth set, but the seed marched on.