Beau Greaves stormed to her first-ever win at the Grand Slam of Darts as her opponent ‘snapped’ and goaded the crowd.
After pushing World Matchplay champion Nathan Aspinall all the way in a narrow defeat on the opening night of the tournament, the women’s darts sensation put German Ricardo Pietreczko to the sword, winning 5-1. With the the Wolverhampton crowd firmly on Greaves’ side, Pietreczko was regularly booed as he stepped up to throw.
At one stage in the fourth leg, as he trailed 3-0, the 29-year-old gave a bit back. After hitting a 180, he celebrated aggressively and then cupped his ears in the direction of the fans.
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On Sky Sports commentary, Stuart Pike felt it wasn’t a wise move to taunt the crowd and said Pietreczko had “snapped”. He did restore a little pride by pulling a leg back but Greaves was too strong on the day as she kept her chances of reaching the knockout stage alive.
Speaking after the match, the teenager from Doncaster said: “What a feeling. I played really well. I can’t explain it, it’s just great to get over the line. I’m as happy as anything.”
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She added: “If I’m relaxed, I play well. I’ve got another game to go yet but I’m really enjoying it. That's when I play my best darts, when I’m relaxed.”
Greaves’ final group match is against Damon Heta, with the winner joining Aspinall in the first knockout round.
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Asked what it would mean to her to get through to the last 16, she coolly said: “You know what, I’m not bothered. I’m just not bothered because I’m a young girl, dipping my toes into this sort of stuff. It’s just nice to get up on stage and feel comfortable and relaxed. I’m looking forward to that game on Tuesday.”
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