Beau Greaves prophesied winning the WDF world title as a 13-year-old; the teenager is now the youngest ever world darts champion; Wayne Mardle thinks the teenage star is now ‘more marketable than anyone’, including ‘palace queen’ Fallon Sherrock
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“She’s already beaten Lisa Ashton and Fallon Sherrock and the way she throws, there’s never been a woman on the planet who has better throwing action than Beau Greaves,” Wayne Mardle said.
Darts prodigy Greaves not only shut out Kirsty Hutchinson 4-0 in Sunday’s WDF World Championship final at Lakeside, but she rewrote the history books in doing so.
The 18-year-old from Doncaster has only lost one leg, averaging 92.05 and five 180s.
Sherrock made Grand Slam history after beating Gabriel Clemens with a sensational 170 finish
His throw is as smooth as silk and after picking up his 20th consecutive win, Mardle was quick to take to social media to heap praise on the teenage star.
He said: “There is at least an argument for Beau Greaves being called the best player in the world right now. Her action is absolutely above any player I have EVER seen. You might witness the beginning of the sting domination. I am in awe!!!”
Mardle believes the 18-year-old can overtake Sherrock and Ashton as the most recognizable names in women’s darts.
“I don’t know where Fallon is going to play her darts and I’m not sure Lisa will do more Challenge Tour and online darts than the actual circuit, which is the WDF circuit. There’s no one who can stop Beau on the WDF circuit,” Mardle said. Raz Mirza of Sky Sports just a day after Greaves’ phenomenal display.
“Are Fallon and Lisa staying away from the WDF? And if they do, I don’t see Beau Greaves not winning four or five titles. I think it’ll be an upset if she’s actually beaten .
“I think it’s all about the competition for her. She’s already beaten Lisa and Fallon in the BDO Ranked Finals. It’s not like she can’t beat them and the way she throws has never been a woman on the planet who has better throwing action than Beau Greaves.”
Sherrock is happy to inspire a generation of female players to play the sport
With Mardle having direct experience playing alongside Greaves at exhibition events, “Hawaii 501” described his throwing action as technically perfect.
“That’s all you would teach,” he admitted. “She doesn’t throw like all the women I’ve met. She throws with confidence, aggression and conviction. Her style is fantastic. I’ve rarely seen that in a player.”
Greaves has time on her side and Mardle feels she knows she has the talent to dominate the women’s game for a long time to come.
He said: “Her family is going to have to be very united around her because she’s quite shy. She seems to be growing on her own and confidence-wise I don’t see any negatives, but she has suffered with Dartitis quite a bit.
“Although there was absolutely no sign during the World Championship, it was talked about a lot before Worlds. I was up close and personal with her and she’s just a wonderful kid and she’s a kid. who can really dominate.”
Mardle says Sherrock and Greaves are two entirely different companies, with the reigning teenager in the WDF while “palace queen” Sherrock, who has opted out of the WDF, has a global interest.
“Sherrock again did things and played at a level that we had never, ever seen from another woman before. I’m talking about the match she lost to Peter Wright in the Grand Slam of Darts over 29 innings. She averaged 97, 98. We’ve never seen that from a woman before,” Mardle said.
“With Lisa Ashton and Beau Greaves, it’s exciting. Let’s be honest, the darts that Beau was throwing (in the WDF final), there’s something to call her the best player in the world.
“If I had any influence, I would say ‘get her into the (women’s) world matchplay’ because she’s more marketable than anyone.”
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