|Posted by Julie Lambie on January 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM|
Anastasia Dobromyslova won her first Lakeside Women’s World Championship title in 2008 and on her return in 2012 re-claimed her crown in typical high scoring style with a stunning 90 checkout completed with a perfect bullseye!
She did so in an absorbing and competitive 46 minute final against No.1 Seed Deta Hedman who was seeking the one major title she has never won. The final score was 2-1 to Ana and completed an impressive Championship in which she beat Julie Gore of Wales 2-0 in the Quarter-Finals and England’s Trina Gulliver by the same score-line in the Semi-Finals.
When she made her debut in the 2007 Lakeside Women’s World Championship she became the first Russian darts player ever to grace the famous Lakeside stage. She reached the Semi-Finals that year and subsequently lost to reigning Champion Trina Gulliver. But her defining moment was to come in 2008, when she ended the 7-year reign of England’s ‘Golden Girl’ with a famous 2-0 victory to become World Champion.
Anastasia was born on September 26th, 1984 in the Russian town of Tver. It lies mid-way between Moscow and St.Petersburg and she started to play darts at the age of twelve – ultimately winning the Russian National Championship a total of ten times.
She won the Girls' Winmau World Masters in 2001, and followed up with the WDF Europe Youth Cup singles title in 2001 and 2002.
Anastasia had arrived!
However, she didn’t make her professional debut in a major until the 2004 Bavaria World Darts Trophy, where she beat Trina Gulliver in the Quarter-Final with an outstanding 3-dart average of 90. After beating Mieke de Boer in the Semi-Final she eventually lost to Francis Hoenselaar in the final.
In 2007, she won the BDO British Open, amongst several other singles titles across Europe, and in October that year represented Russia in the 2007 WDF World Cup in The Netherlands – winning the Women’s Pairs title with Irina Armstrong.
She received an invitation to play in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts as BDO Women’s World Champion and became the first female darts player to compete in the Grand Slam.
In the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts, she registered another darts ‘first’ when she defeated Vincent van der Voort 5-4. It was her first ever win against a man on television, and made her only the second woman to beat a male professional darts player in a major televised darts competition - the first being Deta Hedman's defeats of Aaron Turner and Norman Fletcher in the 2005 UK Open.
Since returning to BDO darts she has enjoyed tremendous success, and in 2011 alone has won the BDO International Open, the Mariflex Open, the England Masters, the Top of Ghent and the Latvia Open. She was also runner-up in the 2011 Antwerp Open and Northern Ireland Open and a Semi-Finalist in the 2011 Isle-of-Man Open, BDO British Open, 2011 Center Parcs Masters and 2011 Zuiderduin Masters. She was a Quarter-Finalist in both the 2011 Scottish Open and Belgium Open.
Although it is not widely known in the UK, Anastasia is also an outstanding soft-tip darts player. Indeed, she is the current International Darts Federation (IDF) European Singles Champion (a title which she won in Benidorm). Her prestigious titles also include the IDF World Cup Cricket Singles and Mixed Pairs, and she was runner-up in the IDF 501 Singles – all of which were played and televised in Shanghai to a large and enthusiastic Chinese audience.
She is happily married to darts player Tony Martin and they live is Ellesmere Port.
Her full name is Anastasia Petrovna Dobromyslova, but she is more than happy to be known simply as Anastasia.
Having now won the Lakeside Women’s World Professional title in 2008 and 2012, can she return to Lakeside in 2013 and make it a memorable hat-trick of titles?