2010 BDO World Darts Championship
The 2010 Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship was the 33rd World Championship organised by the British Darts Organisation, and the 25th staging at the Lakeside Country Club at Frimley Green. Ted Hankey was the defending men's champion having won the title for the second time in the previous year's final against Tony O'Shea. The defending women's champion was Francis Hoenselaar, having beaten seven-time champion Trina Gulliver in the 2009 final. This tournament is fondly remembered by many fans for the first round match involving Martin Adams and Tony Fleet. The match, played in front of a prime time tv audience, has gone down in history as one of the worst games ever seen. A visibly intoxicated Fleet at first struggled to walk to the stage, almost falling into the crowd several times. He then struggled again to stand upright and throw his darts. Once the match started the tv audience was shocked at the horrific standard of darts from both players. The first leg of the match was finally won after 53 darts had been thrown.
|Lakeside World Darts Championship|
|Dates||2–10 January 2010|
|Venue||Lakeside Country Club|
|Location||Frimley Green, Surrey|
|Country||England, United Kingdom|
best of 13 (men's)
best of 3 (women's)
|Winners share||£100,000 (men's)|
|High checkout||Martin Adams 170|
|Martin Adams Trina Gulliver|
Players from 32 countries around the globe competed to reach the BBC televised finals, which ran from 2–10 January at Frimley Green. The men's top seed was O'Shea. Julie Gore was top women's seed, ahead of Gulliver. There were 11 debutants at the world championships. Also for the first time two brothers, Tony and Steve West, were playing in the same world championship.
Format and qualifiersEdit
The televised stages featured 32 players. The top 16 players in the WDF/BDO rankings over the 2008/09 season were seeded for the tournament. An unusually high total of 11 of the seeded players were knocked out in the first round.
The 32 players who qualified for invitation into the first round proper of the men's singles were:
The eight women qualified for invitation were:
The 2010 World Championship had a prize fund of £325,000 - a rise of £5,000 on the previous year.
- Men's Champion: £100,000 (up from £95,000)
- Runner-up: £30,000
- Semi-Finalists (2): £11,000
- Quarter-Finalists (4): £6,000
- Second Round (8): £4,250
- First Round (16): £3,000
- Women's Champion: £6,000
- Runner-up: £2,000
- Semi-Finalists (2): £1,000
- Quarter-Finalists (4): £500
- Nine dart finish: £52,000
- Highest checkout: £3,000
- Match distances in sets are quoted in brackets at the top of each round. All sets best of five legs, unless there is a final set tie-break
- All matches best of three sets, best of five legs
|4||Karen Lawman 75.60||2|
|Linda Ithurralde 73.86||0|
|4||Karen Lawman 73.56||0|
|Rhian Edwards 73.92||2|
|1||Julie Gore 61.05||0|
|Rhian Edwards 68.64||2|
|Rhian Edwards 68.25||0|
|2||Trina Gulliver 80.52||2|
|3||Irina Armstrong 67.20||0|
|Deta Hedman 71.49||2|
|Deta Hedman 71.79||0|
|2||Trina Gulliver 79.68||2|
|2||Trina Gulliver 80.37||2|
|Francis Hoenselaar 76.20||0|
The tournament has been broadcast by BBC Sport every year since its inception. Having fronted their coverage since 2001, Ray Stubbs did not host their broadcasts in 2010 following his decision to join ESPN the previous summer. He was replaced by BBC Radio 5 Live and Football on Five presenter Colin Murray. Rob Walker, the Master of Ceremonies at BBC's snooker events and host of the BBC's 2009 Winmau World Masters coverage presented the late night highlights and Darts Extra through the night on BBC2. Walker was also the roaming reporter during BBC2's live coverage. Bobby George once again was the pundit.
The commentary team was David Croft, Tony Green and the tournament's number 1 seed Tony O'Shea. Again, every dart was shown live, via the BBC's interactive coverage on its Red Button service – with the semi-finals and final both broadcast live on BBC1/BBC2 on the last weekend.
In Germany the tournament was broadcast by Eurosport. There was no coverage on SBS in the Netherlands, for the first time in several years as they chose to follow the majority of their players who featured in the PDC World Championship instead.
- "WDF men's rankings". British Darts Organisation. Archived from the original on 25 November 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
- "WDF women's rankings". British Darts Organisation. Archived from the original on 22 February 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
- £100K top prize for men's champion Lakeside World Professional Darts Championship, 27 October 2009