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Wolfie is delighted to win a record fourth Dutch Open

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Martin Adams made a successful defence of the Dutch Open title on Sunday and became the first man to win the event four times.

Wolfie won 11 games in total over two days at Assen’s De Bonte Wever to retain the Men’s Singles title he won 12 months ago.

The three-time world champion edged a close semi final against Kevin McDine, before beating Danny Noppert 3-1 in the final to lift the Dutch Open trophy for a record fourth time.

“It felt very good,” Adams said. “I was also the defending champion, so to defend the title successfully is always something special.

“I’m very pleased. It’s one of those things where it’s always easy when you win it (laughs).

“I’m pleased to say I only had one tight game before the semi finals and final.

“It was a really tight game but I managed to get through that ok.

“Then you think you’re on a winner and you leave a double, and then the other bloke bangs in a 150 against you. Oh, hang on!

“It’s never easy getting through, they’re always hard games and you have to have respect for your opponents.

“Some are good and some are not so good. I only had one guy really who was just playing for fun and the experience, nothing else.

“He had no ambitions of winning it at all. I think he was clapping his hands with joy because he’d won his first game (laughs).”

Wolfie began his title defence on Saturday morning with whitewash 3-0 wins over Siegfried Grantner and Richard Immeker, before squeezing past Raymond Minkman 32 in the last 512.

Adams then saw off Andre van der Veen 3-0 to come through his group, of which there were 128 as more than 2,000 players competed in the Men’s Singles event.

Another whitewash win, this time over Remko Landman, sealed Wolfie’s progression into the last 64, where the short format was extended to the best of seven legs.

A 4-0 win over Sven Helvrich and a 4-2 triumph against Peter Sjöberg set up a last 16 clash with Men’s Pairs winner Jimmy Hendriks.

Adams continued on the whitewash trail as he powered into the quarter finals, where he beat Hendrik Tooren 5-2 to advance to the final four.

Wolfie averaged 83.84 to win a nervy semi final clash against McDine in the final set, before an 89.73 average was enough to seal a 3-1 win in the final over Noppert to regain the title.

With Adams seeing off a large field of players to defend his title, the now four-time Dutch Open champion revealed how he has not over practiced since Lakeside.

“You’ve got to be careful not to over practice,” he said. “You can over practice and then things start going wrong because you’re trying too hard.

“Sometimes when they’re not going well I just walk away and go ‘I’ll come back again tomorrow’ (laughs).

“The waiting time between games is normal with these big events. It’s nothing unusual.

“I remember years ago with the British Open you’d play your first game and then have a three hour wait before the next one.”

Wolfie’s win on Sunday moves him, ahead of Alan Warriner-Little and Raymond van Barneveld from three Dutch Open titles to four, and was the perfect response after his early exit in the BDO World Championship last month.

Adams lost 3-0 to eventual finalist Jeff Smith in the first round, and it was the first time in 23 appearances at the Lakeside that he had been whitewashed.

“Things didn’t go well at Lakeside,” he admitted. “I missed doubles and I gave Jeff too many chances.

“That one has gone and I’ve forgot about it and moved on. It was good to win the Dutch Open and in a week I’ll be off to the Scottish Open.”

 

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