After thinking she was home and hosed for a World Championship spot lying in 2nd before the final Women's order of merit events, Beau Graves only went and won all of them and took the other place besides Lisa Ashton. Congrats to both. How do we get Fallon Sherrock to the Worlds now they thought? Easy enough. Just now give the winner of the Women's World Matchplay, which the inaugural event took place at Blackpool this year with just 8 entries, an automatic slot at the World Championships. I'm pretty certain this would never have happened had Fallon got one of the other places and it's a decision that smacks of favouritism yet again to the glass ceiling smasher who since winning 2 matches at the Worlds a couple of years ago has been given privileged entry to a host of events with very limited success. These decisions are extremely tough on the other players who miss out and have no such privilege. Are those 2 victories in very early rounds of a world championship 2 years ago worthy of such good treatment to 1 player. I for one, think not.
(1) Gerwyn Price v Luke Woodhouse/Vladyslav Omelchenko (32) Raymond van Barneveld v Ryan Meikle/Lisa Ashton (16) Ryan Searle v Adam Gawlas/Richie Burnett (17) Jose De Sousa v Simon Whitlock/Christian Perez (8) James Wade v Jim Williams/Sebastian Bialecki (25) Gabriel Clemens v William O'Connor/Beau Greaves (9) Danny Noppert v Ritchie Edhouse/David Cameron (24) Daryl Gurney v Alan Soutar/Mal Cuming (4) Michael Smith v Jermaine Wattimena/Nathan Rafferty (29) Martin Schindler v Martin Lukeman/Nobuhiro Yamamoto (13) Joe Cullen v Ricky/Evans/Fallon Sherrock (20) Damon Heta v Adrian Lewis/Daniel Larsson (5) Luke Humphries v Keegan Brown/Florian Hempel (28) Vincent van der Voort v Cameron Menzies/Diogo Portela (12) Dave Chisnall v Andrew Gilding/Robert Owen (21) Stephen Bunting v Geert Nentjes/Leonard Gates (2) Peter Wright v Mickey Mansell/Ben Robb (31) Kim Huybrechts v Keane Barry/Grant Sampson (15) Dimitri Van den Bergh v Rowby-John Rodriguez/Lourence Ilagan (18) Krzysztof Ratajski v Danny Jansen/Paolo Nebrida (7) Jonny Clayton v Steve Beaton/Danny van Trijp (26) Brendan Dolan v Jamie Hughes/Jimmy Hendriks (10) Nathan Aspinall v Boris Krcmar/Toru Suzuki (23) Callan Rydz v Josh Rock/Jose Justicia (3) Michael van Gerwen v Niels Zonneveld/Lewy Williams (30) Mensur Suljovic v Mike De Decker/Jeff Smith (14) Dirk van Duijvenbode v Karel Sedlacek/Raymond Smith (19) Ross Smith v John O'Shea/Darius Labanauskas (6) Rob Cross v Scott Williams/Ryan Joyce (27) Mervyn King v Matt Campbell/Danny Baggish (11) Gary Anderson v Madars Razma/Prakash Jiwa (22) Chris Dobey v Martijn Kleermaker/Xicheng Han
Draw(1) Gerwyn Price v Luke Woodhouse/Vladyslav Omelchenko(32) Raymond van Barneveld v Ryan Meikle/Lisa Ashton(16) Ryan Searle v Adam Gawlas/Richie Burnett(17) Jose De Sousa v Simon Whitlock/Christian Perez(8) James Wade v Jim Williams/Sebastian Bial