Jubilation for Warmack at Cherry Bomb International in Florida
Dani Warmack won the first WDF-ranked women's event in the USA for 483 days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this weekend at the Cherry Bomb International.
In the women's competition, American international Dani Warmack defeated Cris Cwalinski to secure her second career ranking title.
2021 Cherry Bomb Champion Dani Warmack
72 women competed for top honours although, like in the men’s event, the 2019 champion was not there to defend their title as Kris Grimal was not in attendance.
Tennessee’s Warmack dropped just two legs in her victories over Jill Harwood, Dawn Lewis, Melissa Jalbert and Emily Montgomery to make the semi-finals, and she was equally dominant there, whitewashing Sandy Haas 5-0.
Cwalinski, from Florida, also looked very solid in making the final, beating Las Vegas Open finalist Kelly Meares and Camellia Classic winner Teresa Quan along the way.
Warmack got the ideal start in the final, racing into an early 3-1 lead thanks to a break in the opening leg and a big 180 to kick off leg four. She secured a second break of throw in a scrappy seventh leg to make it 5-2 and move within a leg of the match, but Cwalinski immediately broke back.
Cwalinski then fired in a 19-darter, the joint-best leg of the match, to make it 5-4 and seemingly put momentum firmly in her direction. However, Warmack showed real composure to hold throw in the tenth leg and secure the win 6-4 with a 40 finish.
Warmack got $475 for her tournament victory and added to that in the women's 501 and cricket pairs, which she won alongside four-time Cherry Bomb singles champion Paula Murphy.
2021 Cherry Bomb 501 and Cricket Pairs Champions
Paula Murphy and Dani Warmack
The next American event on the WDF calendar is the bronze-ranked Charlotte Open, currently scheduled for July 10.
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