Mario Vandenbogaerde became first victor at the O2 Indigo as he defeated Sebatian Steyer in straight sets in the opening match of the afternoon session. After being pushed to a decider in set one, it was plane sailing for the Belgian as former World Trophy semi-finalist Steyer failed to find his scoring game.
Justin Thompson was second to secure is place in round two as he defeated World Championship debutant Scott Williams. The Aussie ace lost out to Michael Unterbuchner in the 2019 iteration of the tournament, but got off the mark this time around with a routine 3-0 victory over Williams.
In the women’s competition it was a winning start for Corrine Hammond as she banished her first round blues from the previous two years. Despite a rapid start from Cheshire based Pruim, Hammond turned the tie on its head as she claims the opening set.
The second would be much more comfortable as the pressure got to the Swedish born thrower, a succession of heavy scores, putting Hammond through to round two for the first time since 2017.
Beau Greaves produced the story of the evening, as she became the youngest female winner on a BDO World Championship stage, defeating Tori Kewish in two sets. The South Yorkshire star has impressed on the BDO senior tour in 2019, but blew away a sold out 02 Indigo on her television debut.
In arguably the match of the opening day, Dave Parletti pushed the Netherlands’ Chris Landman all the way in their opening encounter in central London.
Landman had landed a magnificent 170 checkout as he strolled into a 2-0 lead, but despite having darts for the match, Parletti would show superb grit to pull level. But the Surrey thrower wouldn’t have enough left in the tank as Landman powered through to the next round.
The oceanic theme continued with the appearance of New Zealand’s Darren Herewini, the Kiwi had captured the attention with his World Cup singles victory earlier in the year, and continued his good form on the Indigo stage.
Thibault Tricole and Jim Williams were the final two names to be added to the winners list on day one at the O2 Indigo. French first-timer Tricole was pushed into a sudden death leg by Ross Montgomery, but came up with the goods at the crucial moments. It was a similar story as tournament favourite Williams and Scottish international Stone pushed us into overtime, with Williams coming away victorious.
Mario Vandenbogaerde 3-0 Sebastian Steyer
Justin Thompson 3-0 Scott Williams
Corrine Hammond 2-0 Vicky Pruim
Chris Landman 3-2 Dave Parletti
Darren Herewini 3-1 Simon Stainton
Beau Greaves 2-0 Tori Kewish
Thibault Tricole 3-2 Ross Montgomery
Jim Williams 3-2 Gary Stone