Anastasia Dobromyslova

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Anastasia Dobromyslova
Personal information
Full name Anastasia Petrovna Dobromyslova-Martin
Nickname From Russia With Love
Born (1984-09-26) 26 September 1984 (age 29)
Tver, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Home town Ellesmere Port
England
Darts information
Playing darts since 1995
Darts 22g Unicorn World Champion Anastasia Signature Silver
Laterality Right
Walk-on music Bring Me To Life - Evanescence
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 2004-2008, 2011-
PDC 2008-2011
Current world ranking (BDO Women) 5
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship (Women's) Winner 2008, 2012, 2013
World Masters (Women's) Runner Up: 2008
World Darts Trophy (Women's) Runner Up: 2004
Zuiderduin Masters (Women's) Winner 2012
PDC premier events - best performances
World Ch'ship Last 70: 2009
Grand Slam Group Stages: 2008, 2009
UK Open Last 128: 2008, 2009
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Antwerp Open
BDO International Open
Belgium Open
British Open
Dutch Open
England Masters
England Open
Finnish Open
Mariflex Open
Scottish Open
Welsh Classic
Welsh Open
Welsh Masters
2012
2011

2005
2006, 2007
2005, 2008
2011
2007, 2012
2004
2011
2006, 2008
2012
2008
2008

Anastasia Dobromyslova-Martin (Russian: Анастаси́я Петро́вна Добромы́слова) (born 26 September 1984 in Tver, Russia) is a professional darts player. She is a three-time Women's World Champion of the British Darts Organisation. After winning her first title in 2008, she decided to join the rival, male-dominated, Professional Darts Corporation to play in their World Championship in 2009. After rejoining the BDO in 2011, she won her second World Championship in 2012 and a third in 2013 .

She uses the song "Bring Me To Life by Evanescence. She carries the name From Russia With Love, although Dobromyslova has stated herself that it isn't an official nickname. She is more commonly known as just Anastasia due to the complex difficulty upon pronouncing her last name.

Career[edit]

Dobromyslova started to play darts at the age of twelve,[1] and has won the Russian National Championship a total of seven times. According to Dobromyslova, it was quite easy because hardly anyone played the game in Russia. She won the Girls' World Masters title in 2001, and won the WDF Europe Youth Cup singles title in 2001 and 2002.

She made her professional major debut at the 2004 Bavaria World Darts Trophy, where she beat Trina Gulliver in the quarter final, averaging 90. After beating Mieke de Boer in the semis, she lost to Francis Hoenselaar in the final.

In 2007, Dobromyslova made her debut in the BDO World Championship at Lakeside, as the number 4 seed, reaching the semi-finals. After beating Sweden's Carina Ekberg in the quarter-finals, she fell to eventual winner, Trina Gulliver. During the year, she won the England Open and the British Open, amongst several other singles titles across Europe. In October, she represented Russia in the 2007 WDF World Cup in the Netherlands, and won the ladies' pairs title with Irina Armstrong.

In 2008, she returned to Lakeside, again as the number 4 seed, for the World Championship. She defeated Dee Bateman in the first round and Stephanie Smee in the semi-finals, before defeating Trina Gulliver in the final by two sets to nil, ending Gulliver's seven-year unbeaten run as world champion.

Dobromyslova made headlines when she qualified for the 2008 UK Open, a PDC major tournament, by winning through the Pub Qualifiers event, beating Darren Place 5-2 and Pete Galloway 5-0.[2] In the first round, she was drawn to play Robert Thornton, who was also a BDO player who won through the Pub Qualifiers, and was the reigning World Masters champion. Thornton narrowly won 6-5.

She was named the number one seed for the 2008 Zuiderduin Masters, but was excluded from playing by the Dutch authorities after problems with her visa, and was forced to withdraw. She was replaced by Lisa Ashton.

Dobromyslova received an invitation from the PDC to play in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts, as BDO Ladies' world champion. It was the first time a female darts player was invited to play at the Grand Slam. In her group, she was drawn with reigning PDC world champion John Part, Kevin McDine, and Wayne Mardle. After losing her opening match 5-1 to Part, she gave Mardle a scare when she came from 4-0 to take four consecutive legs, including a Shanghai 120 checkout and a 116, before Mardle won the deciding leg. A third defeat occurred when she lost 5-2 to McDine.

In December, she went into the 2008 World Masters as the number one ranked ladies' darts player, and reached the final, where she lost to Hoenselaar. Just a few hours later, however, it was announced that Dobromyslova had left the WDF/BDO circuit, and had joined the PDC on a full-time basis, after she was awarded a wildcard entry into the 2009 PDC World Darts Championship following the withdrawal of an unnamed Indian qualifier,[3] a decision that was publicly criticised by five-time world champion Eric Bristow.[4]

Dobromyslova became the second female player to play in a men's world darts championship, after Canadian Gayl King played in the 2001 event. She was drawn in the preliminary round against Remco van Eijden, and lost 5 legs to 3.

She qualified again for the UK Open in 2009, this time through her UK Open Order of Merit ranking, having won £500 in seven qualifying events. She played amateur qualifier Andy Roberts in the first round and lost 6-2.

Following their failed takeover bid of the BDO, the PDC introduced their own Women's World Championship, and Dobromyslova automatically qualified as the only female member of the PDPA. She lost in the semi-finals to Stacy Bromberg, who went on the beat Tricia Wright in the final.

At the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts, Dobromyslova was drawn with Phil Taylor, Vincent van der Voort, and Mark Webster. After suffering a 5-0 whitewash from Taylor in her first group match, Dobromyslova defeated van der Voort 5-4. It was her first ever win against a man on television, and made her only the second woman to beat a male professional darts player in a major televised darts competition, the first being Deta Hedman's defeats of Aaron Turner and Norman Fletcher in the 2005 UK Open. She still finished bottom of the group, however, as van der Voort unexpectedly beat Taylor 5-1 two days later, whilst she lost her last group game to Webster 5-2.

Dobromyslova failed to qualify for the PDC World Championship in 2010 and 2011, despite entering the Russian PDC qualifying events. In the 2010 qualifier, she lost in the final to Roman Konchikov, and she lost again in the final, to Andrei Ratnikov in the 2011 event. Ratnikov later withdrew from the competition after he was unable to travel to England for family reasons. PDC awarded his preliminary round place to the runner-up of the PDPA qualifying event (which later turned out to be Matt Padgett), rather than Dobromyslova.

Dobromyslova represented Russia in the first ever PDC World Cup of Darts along with Konchikov. The pair beat Gibraltar, paired by Dylan Duo and Dyson Parody, in the first round, before losing to Scotland's Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton.

On 24 December 2010, it was rumoured amongst several darts internet forums that Dobromyslova had resigned from the PDC and returned to play in BDO and WDF events. On 1 January 2011, during the BBC's broadcast of the 2011 BDO World Darts Championship, commentator David Croft announced that Dobromyslova was indeed returning to play in the BDO circuit. Anastasia herself confirmed over a week later, via her Twitter page, that she had left the PDC and was preparing for the Dutch Open. She later said she moved back to the BDO for monetary reasons.[5]

She qualified for the 2012 BDO World Darts Championship, where in the quarter final, she defeated second seeded Welsh woman Julie Gore by two sets to nil. In the semi finals, she defeated third seed and title holder Trina Gulliver again by two sets to nil. Dobromyslova then recovered from losing the first set and needing to break her opponent Deta Hedman's throw to stay in the match to win her second world championship two sets to one.[6]

In 2013 Dobromyslova won her third World title after beating Lisa Ashton 2-1 in sets.

Personal life[edit]

Dobromyslova is married to Tony Martin, who qualified for the 2005 BDO World Darts Championship and resides in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England.

Performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
BDO World Championship DNP SF W Not a BDO member DNP W W SF
BDO World Trophy Not held W
Winmau World Masters DNP 1R 1R 4R QF 2R RU Not a BDO member DNP  ?  ?
World Darts Trophy DNP RU QF Not held
Zuiderduin Masters Not held Not a BDO member  ? W RU
WDF World Cup Singles NH QF NH DNP NH 2R NH Not a BDO member DNP NH ? NH
WDF Europe Cup Singles SF NH 2R NH 1R NH Not a BDO member NH ? NH
PDC World Championship Not PDC member WR DNP Not PDC member
UK Open Not a PDC member 1R 1R DNP Not a PDC member
Grand Slam of Darts Not held DNP RR RR RR DNP
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play in the event #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals RU lost in the final W won the tournament

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Checking out the Russian blonde who split the darts world". dailymail.co.uk. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Anastasia Wins Holsten Qualifier Spot". PDC. 11 May 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dobromyslova to join PDC Circuit". 
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/darts/7790293.stm Russian wildcard angers Bristow
  5. ^ "Russian star Anastasia Dobromsylova angry at TV blackout for women’s world final". mirror.co.uk. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Anastasia Dobromyslova". Retrieved 2012-06-10. 

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