'Proud' Greaves reflects on creating Women's Series history in Hildesheim

Beau Greaves (PDC)

Beau Greaves has revealed her pride at becoming the most successful player in PDC Women’s Series history following her hat-trick of wins in Hildesheim at the weekend.

Greaves continued her monopoly of the women’s game by following up Event Nine success with back-to-back wins on Sunday to extend her lead at the top of the 2023 Women’s Series Order of Merit to £7,500.

The 19-year-old equalled Lisa Ashton’s haul of 14 Women’s Series titles with a superb comeback win over Fallon Sherrock in Event 11, recovering from 4-2 down to triumph in a last-leg shoot-out.

Greaves then fired in a 104.38 average – the second highest in a Women’s Series final – to claim the Event 12 spoils and celebrate her record-breaking 15th title, sealed with a sublime ten-dart leg.

“I didn’t have any idea [about the record],” admitted Greaves, who has won 15 of the last 20 PDC Women’s Series events since last August.

“Especially after Milton Keynes where I had such a bad weekend, to come here, relax and play my game, it’s been brilliant. It has been really enjoyable. I’ve had a great weekend.”

Greaves has generated significant headlines over the last 12 months, shattering a host of records to establish herself as one of the sport’s premier players.

The Doncaster darter enjoyed an astonishing 70-match winning run on the Women’s Series circuit between August 2022 to February 2023, including a sequence of ten consecutive title wins.

This saw her become the youngest woman to compete at the World Darts Championship in December, where she produced an impressive showing in defeat to William O’Connor.

“I am definitely too hard on myself,” added Greaves, who is poised to make her Alexandra Palace return later this year after scooping seven Women's Series titles in 2023.

“I know what people expect from me and I know how I can play, and obviously when I don’t perform it’s talked about. I don’t mind that.

“I do care a lot about what people think, but I’ve done really well to cope with it [the scrutiny] and I’m very proud of myself. I’m really pleased to have played the way I have.”

However, Greaves’ Hildesheim hat-trick came just weeks after arguably her lowest moment in the PDC, during the four Women’s Series events held in Milton Keynes back in May.

The teenage superstar celebrated victory in the opening event of the weekend, before producing a number of sub-par performances in Events 6-8, succumbing with averages of 80, 75 and 72.

“I was so disappointed with myself in Milton Keynes,” she added. “I was ready to retire. I came off the board and I was ready to chuck my darts in the bin.

“I’m not bothered about getting beat, it’s how I feel when I’m losing. I hate losing. Everybody hates losing, but when I’m losing because of me, that is when it bothers me.

“Milton Keynes was a big eye-opener for me. I wasn’t putting any work in before and I paid the price for it, but it spurred me on and I learnt a lot about myself that weekend.”

Greaves’ focus now turns to next month’s Betfred Women’s World Matchplay, which takes place on the afternoon of Sunday July 23 at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

The £25,000 event – televised live on Sky Sports and through the PDC’s global broadcast partners – will feature the top eight players from a one-year Order of Merit based on PDC Women's Series earnings across 20 tournaments since last August.

Greaves will make her Blackpool bow as the top seed following her domination over the last 12 months, and she will open her challenge against Dutch debutant Noa-Lynn van Leuven.

“I’m looking forward to the rest of the year now and putting that behind me,” continued Greaves – one of five newcomers in this year’s eight-player field.

“I cannot wait for Blackpool. Everything has been building up to this and I missed it last year. I had lost the enjoyment a little bit, and now I’ve got it back I’m excited.

“When I get back home tomorrow I’m going to get back on the practice board and just restart. I’m really looking forward to it.”

2023 Betfred Women's World Matchplay
Sunday July 23
Draw Bracket

(1) Beau Greaves v (8) Noa-Lynn van Leuven
(4) Robyn Byrne v (5) Rhian O'Sullivan
(2) Mikuru Suzuki v (7) Aileen de Graaf
(3) Fallon Sherrock v (6) Lisa Ashton

Quarter-Finals - Best of seven legs
Semi-Finals - Best of nine legs
Final - Best of 11 legs

Prize Money
Winner: £10,000
Runner-Up: £5,000
Semi-Finalists: £2,500
Quarter-Finalists: £1,250
Total: £25,000