ANASTASIA Dobromyslova continues to reign supreme as the queen of darts after securing the third world title of her career.
The Russian, who lives in Ellesmere Port with husband Tony Martin, beat Lisa Ashton 2-1 at Lakeside on Saturday to claim her third BDO Women’s World Championship crown.
Anastasia admitted she was too tired to celebrate long into the night as the effects of a high-pressure week caught up with her.
“It was tiring!” said the 28-year-old. “It was a really draining week and there was not much to do between matches, apart from practise.
“We were in bed for 11pm after I’d won. I’d played the semi-final on Friday and I was really tired by the Saturday. Happy but tired!”
Anastasia defeated Lorraine Farlam (2-0) and Trina Gulliver (2-1) on the way to the final, where she faced Bolton’s Ashton in front of the live ESPN television cameras. Second seed Anastasia won the first set, but Ashton – in her first Frimley Green final – struck back to take the second.
Anastasia, however, had the final say, winning the third set and clinching the title on double six.
The 2008 and 2012 world champion travelled to Manchester on Monday for an appearance on Granada Reports and says her phone has been ‘red hot’ since her final victory with people asking for interviews.
She felt her match against Ashton was a good advert for women’s darts and would like to see the sport pushed further into the media spotlight.
While ESPN covered the full game live, the BBC chose to show only brief recorded highlights.
“It was an exciting final – a really good game,” said Anastasia. “I’m pleased for ladies darts and I think we deserve more coverage.
“They only showed about nine darts from the final on the BBC.”
Darts legend Bobby George, who worked as a pundit for the BBC during the world championships, was among the first to pay tribute to Anastasia following her win.
He sent her a message on Twitter which read: “Very well done, darling. You are a credit to ladies darts and a stunner!”
Anastasia was looking forward to some rest this week before returning to action this weekend, playing for Cheshire against Kent in the British Inter-County Championship Premier Division.
Ellesmere Port has been home for Anastasia since her marriage to Tony Martin, himself a darts player who appeared at Lakeside in 2005. The pair met at a tournament in Holland the same year and tied the knot in 2008.