Anastasia Dobromyslova will compete in her second PDC World Championship in December, after coming through the Rest of the World Women’s World Championship Qualifier in Dusseldorf on Saturday evening.
Two places for female players at the Alexandra Palace are on offer following the tournament’s expansion to 96 players, with the UK & Ireland Qualifier taking place on Sunday November 25th in Milton Keynes.
Dobromyslova was the only player in the 105-player field to have previously competed at the PDC World Championship, and she will make her Alexandra Palace return after prevailing at the Maritim Hotel.
The three-time Lakeside world champion was in imperious form throughout qualification; recording whitewash wins over Vanessa Nelz and Baerbel Host, whilst also thrashing Anna Degel 4-1 to seal her place in the quarter-finals.
The Russian then faced Karolina Podgorska, the wife of Polish star Krzysztof Ratajski- who has already secured her qualification to the BDO World Championship in January. However, Dobromyslova ran out a comprehensive 4-1 winner to set up a semi-final showdown against Japanese sensation Mikuru Suzuki.
The two-time World Masters quarter-finalist has enjoyed an unprecedented unbeaten record on home soil; winning 18 consecutive stage events in DartsLive Japan, but she was unable to topple the experienced Russian, as Anastasia ran out a convincing 5-2 winner.
In the final, Dobromyslova faced Silvia Dolores Keller, who defeated Petra Kugelmeier, Giulia Bernadelli, Liane Hebbel, Irina Armstrong, Dana Verhaegen and Neuza Beatriz da Cunha Araujo en route to the final, but Dobromyslova maintained her sparkling form; running out a 6-0 winner to confirm her Alexandra Palace return.
Dobromyslova and Gayl King are the only two female players to have previously competed at the PDC World Championship, with the Russian losing out in the preliminary round back in 2009. However, she secured her return after dropping just four legs across a dominant qualification campaign in Germany.
Dutch pair Aileen de Graaf and Sharon Prins- ranked third and seventh in the BDO rankings, were beaten in the last 32 by Stefanie Lueck and Irina Armstrong respectively, whilst 2017 Lakeside finalist Corrine Hammond was beaten in her opening match by Marjolein Noijens.
The UK and Ireland qualifier takes place in Milton Keynes next Sunday, when the likes of Lisa Ashton, Deta Hedman, Lorraine Winstanley and Fallon Sherrock will all be vying to secure their spots at the Alexandra Palace.