Beau Greaves has defended her decision to choose Lakeside over Alexandra Palace this year as she aims for back-to-back world titles.
The 19-year-old from Doncaster, nicknamed ‘Beau ‘n’ Arrow’, chose to defend her WDF Women’s World Darts Championship title in Surrey this week instead of entering the PDC World Darts Championship, which begins in London next week.
This was following the PDC’s decision to prevent players from competing in both tournaments back in September.
Speaking to TungstenTales after her first-round win over Lorraine Hyde on Monday, she said: “This is a ladies’ world championship, it’s got that name on it. The PDC one doesn’t, it’s a men’s world to me.”
Greaves cruised to the Quarter-Finals of the tournament after a 2-0 victory over the Scot. She is due to face American Paula Murphy this evening.
Greaves’ decision to snub Ally Pally in favour of Lakeside this year has led to much debate across the darts world.
Former BDO World Champion Mark Webster admitted Greaves was taking a risk in her choice.
On the Love the Darts podcast in November, he said: “Whether it is the right decision or not, I don’t know.
“It’s a gamble. There’s £25,000 up for grabs for winning [at Lakeside]. There’s never a guarantee, but she’s a big front-runner.”
Greaves was, however, defended by fellow competitor Fallon Sherrock.
Nicknamed the ‘Queen of the Palace’, Sherrock rocked the darts world in 2019 after becoming first woman to take victories at the PDC tournament.
Speaking to Live Darts TV, Sherrock – who chose Ally Pally over Lakeside – said: “I completely understand her decision. She wants to be multiple world champion, and whilst she’s got the game, go do it!”
The WDF World Darts Championship Finals take place this Sunday, whilst the PDC World Darts Championship commences next Friday.