Dominant displays from Hutchinson and Greaves at the Welsh Open
Both the Welsh Open and the Welsh Classic finals were contested this weekend by Kirsty Hutchinson and Beau Greaves.
In the Welsh Classic, Hutchinson won her spot in the final with wins over Christine Hyde, Cathy Hughes, Phonsawan Whillis and Kaye Hayles before losing out in the first final 5-2 to Yorkshire and England's Beau Greaves.
Greaves, who entered the tournament as the reigning Welsh Open and Welsh Classic Champion, beat Stephanie Potter, Giffy Khaosoi and Vicky Prium before meeting the in-form Natalie Gilbert in the semi-final, winning 4-2. This was Greaves first WDF-ranked final since the Isle of Man Masters in March 2020 and first tournament win since claiming the 2020 Scottish Open.
Photo - Beau Greaves vs Tori Kewish - TipTopPics
The Gold-ranked Welsh Open title this time went the way of Hutchinson, who took the headline event with a hard-fought 5-4 win over Greaves.
The win sees Hutchinson claim a place at the WDF World Championships at Lakeside in January, where she will join Greaves, Deta Hedman, Fallon Sherrock, Mikuru Suzuki, Aileen de Graaf and Anca Zijlstra as automatic qualifiers for the prestigious event.
Hutchinson beat Stephanie Potter 4-3 in the semi-finals after a quarter-final victory over former England International Sarah Roberts.
Greaves's route to the final included wins over Natalie Gilbert, Wales's Rhian Griffiths and Suzanne Smith.
The 'Race to Lakeside' is really hotting up, with many automatic spots and regional tables already filled. Three Gold events which carry direct places into the Worlds still remain - The Irish Open, Seacaost Open and the World Open, with lower-ranked tournaments still scheduled across the globe before the December cut-off.