Talk about being in the zone and that will to win!
It was displayed in bundles by the brilliant Anastasia Dobromyslova, as she brushed aside the challenge of Trina Gulliver to reach the World Championship Final at the Lakeside.
And there she will play Deta Hedman for the biggest prize in ladies darts, with Anastasia just one step away from winning the World Championship for a second time.
And what a performance from the Unicorn star on Thursday night!
She lost the first two legs of the semi-final to Gulliver, but then found something extra special – reeling off six straight legs to book her place in Friday’s Final.
Gulliver missed her doubles and Ana hit them when it really mattered, but to win six consecutive legs after a shaky start is some achievement.
Hedman beat Lorraine Farlam by two sets to one to earn her place in the final.
Anastasia was thrilled after her big win: “I know I can play a lot better and I will need to against Deta in the final, but that was a great victory for me. To reach the World Final again after just a year back in the BDO is a great achievement, but I have one more hurdle to jump!”
The Team Unicorn ace was certainly nervy early on and Gulliver broke for a 2-0 lead in the first set with the help of a 180, but once Ana found her range, it was a completely different story.
All the pressure was on Trina Gulliver and it showed, as she started missing key doubles, which allowed the Russian back into the set and back into the match.....three consecutive legs and Ana was a set to the good.
She then raced through the second set to clinch the victory.
And she also hit back at her critics.
“It has been a tough year coming back from the PDC to the BDO,” she said.
“Some people have welcomed me back as they see me as good for the ladies game, but some people at the top of the BDO have not welcomed me back at all.”
Anastasia continued: “I think they are angry I went to the PDC but I did it for me and I put the ladies game in the spotlight. Getting to the final is a dream again and it is reward for all the hard work over the last 10 months.”
“People have to let go and accept that I am back helping the ladies game to rise again. I would like to thank Unicorn for sticking by me when other didn’t and I hope to produce my best in the final.”
One more big step away from a second World Championship!
By STUART PYKE
Photo courtesy Chris Sargeant