Beau Greaves becomes youngest ever darts world champion

Beau Greaves, an 18-year-old from Doncaster, has become the youngest-ever world champion in darts.

Greaves, nicknamed “Beau ‘n’ Arrow”, stormed to victory in the WDF World Championship final with a 4-0 win over Kirsty Hutchinson.

Her triumph saw her become the youngest darts world champion, male or female, breaking the record set by a 21-year-old Jelle Klaasen in 2006.

Greaves also recorded the highest average ever achieved in a women’s world final – 92.

“I’ve never been as happy as I am in my life, to come off the stage and say to people I am a world champion,” she told the WDF. “That can never be took away from me now. That is mine forever.”

Greaves, who started playing darts when she was 10, predicted five years ago that she would be a world champion.

“I think I could be world darts champion one day,” she told the BBC, aged 13. “I think anybody’s beatable. Any girl can play darts, it’s not like girls can’t play darts.”

According to the BBC, Greaves was playing darts in local pubs by the age of 10, going in just for her match and leaving straight after.

The teenager is the latest female darts player to gain prominence in the sport, following in the footsteps of Lisa Ashton and Fallon Sherrock.

Ashton became the first woman to earn a spot on the PDC Tour in 2020. In the same year, Sherrock became the first female player to win a match at the PDC World Championships.

She then set a number of milestones last year, becoming the first female darts player to reach the quarter-finals of a major darts tournament at the Grand Slam of Darts.

Sherrock also reached the final of the Nordic Darts Masters, where she lost to former world number one Michael van Gerwen. This made her the first woman in history to reach the final of televised PDC tournament.

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