Darts: BDO ace Brooks closes in on Lakeside target

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Darts diva Rachel Brooks is on course to reach the BDO World Championships at Lakeside for the first time.

The 49-year-old, from Wroot, has only been competing on the international stage for the last four years.

But major title wins at the Czech Open over the winter and also at the recent Finland Open have virtually guaranteed the Doncaster Monday Night League thrower a place at the BDO’s biggest event.

“Since winning the Czech Open I have been playing well and regularly picking up world ranking points,” said Brooks.“I came second at the Mariflex Open in Holland, one of the largest competitions on the calendar, and also got to the semi finals of the Welsh Open earlier this month.

“To be truthful I’ve been a little disappointed with my results of late, so I was determined to do well in Finland,” she added.

“Thankfully I played well and came runner up in the ladies pairs but more importantly won the Ladies Open title.

“With my current ranking points total, my qualification for the World Championships at Lakeside in January is looking very hopeful. Fingers crossed.

“Reaching Lakeside would be a great achievement.”

Brooks beat Sweden’s Anna Forsmark 5-3 to win the Finland Open, following up her first ever major singles title win at the Czech Open.

She is currently ranked third in the world in the British Darts Organisation’s invitation order of merit.

Husband Tony said: “Even if Rachel did not play at another tournament this year, it’s getting to the point where she’s already got enough points for Lakeside.

“So we’re pretty confident but you never want to say one hundred percent. There’s still a bit of work to be done.

“To reach this sort of level after only a few years competing against the very best is just fantastic for Rachel,” he added.

“It’ll mean so much to her to get the chance to go to Lakeside.

“When she gets there it’ll be a different kind of pressure on the big stage with lots of people watching.

“But she seems to be able to switch on and off so she has the temperament to do well.”