Alongside the UK Open Qualifiers going on this weekend, another tournament is taking place and that is the prestigious Dutch Open which opened it’s doors for 2018 yesterday. Now we know who our pairs finalist’s will be on both the men’s and women’s draws.

Wesley Harms is teaming with Richard Veenstra and they will play Yoeri Duijster/Davy van de Zande in the Dutch Open pairs final. Veenstra and Harms narrowly won the quarterfinal, after surviving nine match-darts. In the semi-finals they won 4-0 against the team of Stephan Knoop and Heine Uuldriks to progress through.

For Duijster and Van de Zande, the semi-finals was a real thriller against one of the teams who were favourites in Scott Waites and Scott Mitchell. They took a 3-1 lead, but then gave it away. After six legs, the score was straight again. In the decisive leg, both sides played well, but it was Duijster who finished the final double.

Teams such as Glen Durrant and Mark McGeeney went out quite early with the amount of entrants for both the singles and pairs meaning some shocks are always on the cards.

In terms of the women’s, the final will be between Trina Gulliver/Paula Jacklin and Lorraine Winstanley/Corrine Hammond. The defending champions Aileen de Graaf and Sharon Prins were eliminated in the semi-finals by Gulliver and Jacklin. Winstanley and Hammond on the other hand had to defeat Danielle and Lisa Ashton 3-2 in the semi-finals.


Author: Samuel Gill