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Teenage sensation Beau Greaves explains her causes for eager to defend her Lakeside crown fairly than play at Ally Pally; Subsequent up on the Sky Sports activities Darts calendar is the seventeenth staging of the Grand Slam of Darts from 11-19 November on the Aldersley Leisure Village
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Beau Greaves felt as if she was “simply making the numbers up” on the PDC World Darts Championship with the teenage sensation opting to play at Lakeside this yr.
Greaves dropped just one set the complete event when claiming her first world title on the 2022 WDF event, producing a report common of 92.02 in beating Kirsty Hutchinson within the last.
The 19-year-old has additionally certified to play on this yr’s PDC World Championship at Alexandra Palace by advantage of successful the Ladies’s World Matchplay in Blackpool this summer time. However the two tournaments held in December conflict and Greaves has opted to defend her title.
After I performed at Ally Pally I felt as if I used to be simply making the numbers up. I do know I am not as a result of I earned my place there and I had each proper to be there. I simply really feel comfy taking part in the WDF and taking part in women’ darts, so I simply discovered it out of my consolation zone. However the extra I do it hopefully the higher I will be.
“It was a type of as a result of ever since I began taking part in darts I needed to be a World Champion and I did that and now I wish to go and defend it,” Greaves instructed Sky Sports activities.
“I simply take pleasure in Lakeside much more and I felt as if I wanted to be there because the defending champion. If I wasn’t then possibly I’d have thought of going to the PDC Worlds but it surely was actually what I needed to play in so I ended up selecting Lakeside.”
The winner of the WDF Ladies’s World Championship claims £25,000, whereas Greaves must attain the third spherical at Ally Pally to match that haul.
“Cash is cash,” she stated. “I feel proper now it is one in all them the place I am not determined for cash. I needn’t chase it and suppose ‘the place am I going to earn extra’. I used to be simply fascinated with my darts and the way I used to be going to really feel.
“I might go to Lakeside, lose first spherical and get nowhere close to what I’d earn at Ally Pally. I’ve thought of all of it and on the Ladies’s Sequence I’ll hopefully get to Ally Pally subsequent yr, however then I could possibly be in the identical place yearly if I do effectively. It is all about weighing up my choices on the time and making the selection actually.”
The Doncaster teenager has beforehand acknowledged she would fairly play in opposition to her fellow feminine professionals fairly than in opposition to her male counterparts, saying it is one thing which does not “enchantment” to her, whereas Fallon Sherrock thrives on the stress of taking part in the perfect gamers within the recreation along with her history-making exploits a primary instance.
Greaves, nicknamed ‘Beau ‘n’ Arrow’, was a dominant winner of the PDC Ladies’s Sequence and in addition claimed the Ladies’s World Matchplay title in Blackpool earlier this yr.
“I favor taking part in women’ darts as a result of taking part in the lads on a regular basis is not one thing that appeals to me however on the identical time it is the place the cash is, so I’ve to suppose in the long term what is going on to be higher for me financially, however on the minute I get extra enjoyment out of taking part in women’ darts,” she stated.
“After I performed at Ally Pally I felt as if I used to be simply making the numbers up. I do know I am not as a result of I earned my place there and I had each proper to be there. I simply really feel comfy taking part in the WDF and taking part in women’ darts so I simply discovered it out of my consolation zone. However the extra I do it, hopefully the higher I will be.
“It is simply attempting to get used to the environment and as soon as you compromise in, you compromise in.”
“After I was youthful I used to like taking part in in opposition to the lads, clearly not on the identical customary because the professionals however that is all I ever used to play in opposition to.
“I bought to a sure age the place I performed women’ darts always for years and then you definitely get comfy. I do know Fallon prefers to play in opposition to the lads however I simply suppose it’s going to take me a very long time to simply get used to it.
“She will elevate her recreation in opposition to the lads whereas at this minute, I can elevate my recreation in opposition to the women whereas her customary drops just a little bit. Hopefully I can begin bettering in opposition to the lads and get some good outcomes.”
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Schedule of Play
Saturday November 11
Afternoon Session (1300-1700 GMT)
Group Stage x8 – Teams B-D-F-H First Matches
Damon Heta vs Ricardo Pietreczko (H)
Andrew Gilding vs Brendan Dolan (F)
Ryan Searle vs Gian van Veen (D)
Chris Dobey vs Josh Rock (B)
Danny Noppert vs Haruki Muramatsu (F)
Nathan Aspinall vs Beau Greaves (H)
Jonny Clayton vs Berry van Peer (B)
Gerwyn Value vs Nathan Rafferty (D)
Night Session (1900-2300 GMT)
Group Stage x8 – Teams A-C-E-G First Matches
James Wade vs Krzysztof Ratajski (A)
Rob Cross vs Martijn Kleermaker (G)
Dave Chisnall vs Stephen Bunting (E)
Dirk van Duijvenbode vs Gary Anderson (C)
Luke Humphries vs Steve Lennon (C)
Peter Wright vs Stowe Buntz (E)
Michael van Gerwen vs Fallon Sherrock (G)
Michael Smith vs Nathan Girvan (A)
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