Berry van Peer defied his ongoing battle with dartitis to seal Dutch Open pairs glory alongside his compatriot Gino Vos in emotional scenes in Assen, as the 2019 Bauhaus Dutch Open came to its conclusion on Sunday afternoon.
The former World Youth finalist has been struggling with dartitis for over 18 months, and his plight was first revealed at the 2017 Grand Slam of Darts, where he was reduced to tears during his clash against two-time world champion Gary Anderson in Wolverhampton.
Van Peer returned to the winner’s circle on the PDC Development Tour last November, but he suffered another bout of dartitis in his last 16 clash at the Dutch Open on Friday, taking almost two minutes to complete a visit to the board.
Nevertheless, Van Peer and Vos battled their way through to the final, where they defeated former BDO World Youth champion Justin van Tergouw and Martijn Kleermaker in a dramatic last-leg decider.
Berry threw with greater fluency in Sunday’s showpiece, but he and former World Masters quarter-finalist Vos recovered from 3-0 down to force a ninth and deciding leg, where Van Peer sealed the deal with a 17-darter to triumph, sparking jubilant celebrations from the 22-year-old.
Elsewhere, Finder Masters finalist Richard Veenstra triumphed on home soil and was crowned BDO Dutch Open champion with a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Ryan Hogarth. ‘Flyers’ made a rip-roaring start and claimed the opening set without reply, but Hogarth appeared poised to level proceedings after establishing a 2-0 cushion in set two.
Nevertheless, with the aid of a sublime 158 checkout, Veenstra clinched the second set to double his lead, only for Hogarth to reel off the next two sets and force a nervy fifth and final set.
Hogarth survived match darts in the fourth, but Veenstra rallied impressively in the closing stages, converting a clinical 87 kill to triumph and become the first Dutch winner of this tournament since Raymond van Barneveld in 2006.
Meanwhile, in the women’s event, reigning world champion Mikuru Suzuki completed a clean sweep in Assen to win both the singles and pairs competitions. Suzuki scooped the pairs title alongside Yuriko Yamaguchi, after they whitewashed reigning champions and former Lakeside finalists Lorraine Winstanley and Corrine Hammond 4-0, averaging over 78 in the process.
Later in the day, Suzuki added the BDO Dutch Open singles title to her ever-growing collection as she defeated two-time winner Aileen de Graaf in the final. Suzuki defeated Anneke Kuijten in Saturday’s semi-finals and she eased past De Graaf in the finale, averaging 82 and converting 45% of her attempts at double en route to victory.
Photo Credit: Dutch Open Darts