She is a triple World Champion.
She is now in the darting history books recognised as one of THE best women players of all time.
Anastasia Dobromyslova and Unicorn have made the perfect team and will continue to do so for at least the next three years as the best ladies player in the world today chases more big titles to add to a golden tungsten legacy!
The history-making World Championship in January 2013 confirmed Ana’s status as one of the all-time greats and when you consider that she is still only 28-years-old, you can see why she has at least a decade at the very top of her sport to rewrite the record books again and again.
And of course, back-to-back World Championship titles made it even sweeter for Anastasia....12 months after she beat Deta Hedman to win the Lakeside crown, she went back and defended the title in style.
A two sets to nil victory over Lorraine Farlam was followed by a brilliant display from Ana who yet again got the better of former World Champion Trina Gulliver at the Lakeside.
It was billed as a ‘grudge’ match after Anastasia’s triumph over Gulliver in the 2012 World Semi-Finals and despite going a set down in the 2013 semi-final, there was no way the Unicorn star was going to lose.....she stormed back to win the next two sets with an impressive end average of 86!
And in one of the best ladies finals ever seen at the Lakeside, Ana beat Lisa Ashton by two sets to one to clinch that third World Championship....and another winner’s cheque for £10,000.
“Over the tournament, I played very well at times – especially when it really mattered. It was an amazing feeling when the winning dart when in D6. I felt numb for a while but there is also a great sense of achievement for me.....reward for a lot of hard work,” she said.
“And there is no reason why I can’t win another and who knows, maybe a few more. That is the plan and that is what I will work towards.”
The last couple of years have certainly justified Anastasia’s decision to return to the BDO at the start of 2011 after a trail blazing spell in the PDC when she made her mark time and time again.
And she earned this tribute from Unicorn Managing Director Edward Lowy:
“Huge congratulations to Ana from all of us at Unicorn on being crowned World Champion for a third time – and in such style! Ana’s finishing was the talk of Lakeside and even put many of her male counterparts to shame.”
“It is a continuing pleasure to work with Anastasia and to see her reaping the success she so richly deserves. She is a phenomenon in ladies darts and we look forward to seeing the ‘From Russia with Love’ story unfold further.”
Of course, it rounded off yet another fabulous year for Anastasia Dobromyslova!
She won five more ranking events, reached two further finals, three semi-finals and four quarter-finals....dominant yet again.
Her 2013 triumphs came at the Zuiderduin Masters when she beat Aileen de Graaf in the final....the Antwerp Open saw a straight sets win over Rachna David....in the English Masters Ana saw off Lisa Ashton, while she was victorious over Deta Hedman at the England Open and in the final of the Welsh Classic, she saw off Karen Lawman.
It was in January 2012, she was crowned Champion of the World for a second time after an epic victory over No.1 seed Deta Hedman at the Lakeside.
Against a backdrop of resentment from some at the BDO, the Russian refused to be intimidated and secured a fabulous triumph.
In just under 12 months, she had won the coveted World Title for a second time to add to five other tournament wins and three more finals.
Ana had to battle through the qualifiers to book her spot at the Lakeside…she then beat Wales’ Julie Gore and was very impressive in her semi-final victory over multi World Champion Trina Gulliver.
It has become quite a rivalry with Gulliver....Anastasia has beaten her in those two Lakeside semi-finals and of course, she famously beat Gulliver to win her very first World Championship back in 2008.
Anastasia fought back superbly to beat Deta Hedman in the final….a set down and struggling, Ana found that special spark and it was enough to take her to the second World Championship crown.
And who knows....as a triple World Champion, she might just get invited back to the Grand Slam of Darts!
Remember, that was where she recorded one of THE most famous wins in the history of the tournament.
It was back in 2009 that she beat top 16 Dutchman Vincent van der Voort in the group stages of the Grand Slam, ‘live’ on ITV4.
She enjoyed two years with the Professional Darts Corporation before deciding to return to the British Darts Organization, but with no regrets of her time at the PDC.
That big breakthrough came in the final of the 2008 Lakeside World Championship, when she beat Trina Gulliver.
Major TV appearances at the Alexandra Palace, Wolverhampton Civic and The Reebok Stadium have made her the most recognizable face in Ladies darts.....and her Lakeside triumphs have simply enhanced her reputation.
“My two years with the PDC were brilliant. I enjoyed it all, despite a few setbacks and I don’t regret my decision one bit,” Ana said.
The biggest disappointment of her career though, was to miss out on the final of the first ever PDC Unicorn Women’s World Championship in 2010, when she was edged out by American Stacy Bromberg in the semi-finals.
But it was a rare blemish on a brilliant career.
Anastasia gained a massive amount of experience in her time with the PDC, proving that she could hack it on the men’s tour, where she beat her male counterparts on a regular basis.
She also performed superbly at the 2010 PDC World Cup of Darts, when she represented her native Russia with Roman Konchikov….the Russian pair beat Gibraltar in the 1st Round, before losing to the Scottish team of Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton.
And we all remember he debut at the PDC World Championship at the 2009 tournament, when she received a wildcard to the Alexandra Palace….it created a frenzy of publicity!
The arena was packed when she played Dutchman Remco van Eijden in the preliminary round….expectations were high and unfortunately she was just edged by – losing by 5 legs to 3.
But the whole experience certainly contributed to her achievements since that day when she literally did ‘rock the world of darts’
Nicknamed ‘From Russia with Love’ she certainly has a passion for the sport of darts!
Unfortunately, Ana lost in the final of the Russian World Championship qualifier in the next two years, just missing out on a return to the Ally Pally.
But that first World Title in 2008 will always be extra special for Anastasia because it was the first and it was her big breakthrough and because of who she beat.
Gulliver had been unbeaten at the Lakeside before enter stage right – a Russian with attitude and talent and Anastasia stunned the favourite – winning the World Championship by two sets to nil.
“I remember it being an amazing feeling,” Anastasia said. “I had worked really hard and it was a case of job done. I was World Champion!”
But she made a name for herself in those two years with the Professional Darts Corporation.
Remember the 2008 UK Open? Well, Anastasia gave Scot Robert Thornton a massive shock on the main stage at Bolton. She led 2-1, and came from 2-4 down to force a deciding leg before being edged out 6-5.
She earned her spot at the Grand Slam of Darts and although she lost her three group games, Anastasia proved a big point. She lost to John Part and Kevin McDine but came agonisingly close to beating Wayne Mardle – losing in another last leg decider.
She won eight Russian Championships to add to an impressive CV, and remember she also reached the final of the World Masters back in 2008 – losing to Francis Hoenselaar....that is the one big title missing from her CV and she will surely put that right!
She is a World Cup winner and won a host of big events in her first stint in the BDO, including the Finland Open, Dutch Open, Belgian Open, British Open, England Open…and she also partnered Unicorn’s Irina Armstrong to win the 2007 World Cup Pairs title.
Anastasia got married to darts player Tony Martin in October 2008 and the couple live in Ellesmere Port, in the North West of England. They first met at a tournament in Holland, where Tony lived at the time.
It all started as an 11-year-old in her home town of Tver (between Moscow and St.Petersburg) when she started throwing darts at after-school club. Four months later, Anastasia won her first tournament and the rest is history.
As a 13-year-old, she represented Russia at the Europe Cup in Denmark and it seems that she was always destined to become a World Champion.
And it was a rapid rise up the darting ladder….we all got a glimpse of the darting star when Ana won the Girls World Masters back in 2001…..it was the start of something big.
The future looks very bright indeed.....it is the Anastasia era!
Ana is also looking at playing more soft tip darts which is growing in popularity around the world, but it is the big World titles that remain top of her wish list.
Three World Championships is nowhere near enough! The World Masters is on her radar and for the best player in the world of ladies darts, nothing is impossible!
Anastasia Dobromyslova – darts star extraordinaire!