Francis Hoenselaar

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Francis Hoenselaar
Francis Hoenselaar 2006.jpg
Personal information
Nickname The Dutch Crown
Born (1965-01-15) 15 January 1965 (age 49)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Home town Rotterdam
Netherlands
Darts information
Playing darts since -
Darts -
Laterality Right-handed
Walk-on music Zomer by André Hazes
Organisation (see split in darts)
BDO 1994-2014
BDO majors - best performances
World Ch'ship (Women's) Winner 2009
World Masters (Women's) Winner 1999, 2006, 2008
World Darts Trophy (Women's) Winner 2004
Zuiderduin Masters (Women's) Runner Up: 2010
PDC premier events - best performances
Grand Slam Group Stages: 2009
Other tournament wins
Tournament Years
Antwerp Open


BDO International Open
Belgium Open

British Open
Canadian Open
Center Parcs Masters
Denmark Open

Dutch Open

England Open
Finnish Open
French Open
German Open

Isle of Man Open
Northern Ireland Open
Norway Open

Spring Cup
Swedish Open
Swiss Open

Tops of Holland
Welsh Classic
Welsh Open
WDF Europe Cup
WDF World Cup
1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2011
2008

1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2007
1995, 1997, 2003
1997
2010

1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2007
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004
1999, 2005
1997, 1998, 2003, 2005
1996, 1997, 1998, 2006
1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004
1999, 2000, 2005, 2012
2008

1995, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2006
1991, 1994, 2001, 2002
1996, 2001
1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005
2009
2007, 2008
1998
1996, 2004, 2010
2001

Francisca ("Francis") Hoenselaar (born 15 January 1965 in Rotterdam, South Holland) is a former professional darts player from the Netherlands. She was nicknamed The Dutch Crown.

A leading player in the women's game, Hoenselaar was the 2009 British Darts Organisation Women's World Darts Champion, having defeated Trina Gulliver in the final. Prior to this, she had been runner-up no fewer than five times - each time losing to Gulliver.

Achievements[edit]

A Netherlands native, Hoenselaar has won the Dutch title fifteen times. She first represented the Netherlands at the WDF World Cup in 1991. She won the Europe Cup women's singles in 1996, 2004 and 2010, and the World Cup women's singles in 2001. She will retire from the Dutch team after the 2011 World Cup.[1]

Gulliver has long been her main rival, and got the better of her in five World Championship finals (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007). Indeed, Gulliver was unbeaten at the Women's World Championship until 2008. Hoenselaar entered the 2008 World Championship as the number one seed, but lost in the first round to qualifier Stephanie Smee.

Hoenselaar won the World Masters in 1999, and again in 2006. She defeated Anastasia Dobromyslova to win her third World Masters title in 2008, in what was Dobromyslova's final tournament before her defection to the Professional Darts Corporation.

In 2009, Hoenselaar finally won the Women's World Championship, beating Gulliver in the final to record her first World Championship title, and a winner's cheque of £6,000. This earned her a spot at the 2009 Grand Slam of Darts,[2] and was drawn in Group D with Raymond van Barneveld, John Part and Kevin Painter.[3] Hoenselaar won four legs over her three matches, as she bowed out in the group stages.

Hoenselaar was unseeded for the 2010 Women's World Championship and was drawn against Gulliver once more in the first round. Gulliver won by 2 sets to 0, and she went on to win her eighth world title. Hoenselaar failed to qualify for the 2011 and 2012 Women's World Championships.

In August 2014, Honselaar announced her retirement from the game due to persistent injuries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Last World Cup for the Dutch Crown!". World Darts Federation. 15 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Grand Slam Qualification News". pdc.tv (Professional Darts Corporation). 12 June 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Grand Slam of Darts Draw". pdc.tv (Professional Darts Corporation). 8 November 2009. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Letitia Vriesde
Rotterdam Sportswoman of the Year
1996–1997
Succeeded by
Leontien van Moorsel
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Anastasia Dobromyslova
BDO World Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Trina Gulliver