MARIA O’Brien should be pleased with her achievements after picking up valuable ranking points, when she competed in the 2018 Scottish Open at the Normandy Cosmopolitan Hotel, Renfrew.
This was a BDO Invitation Table Category B event for the Ladies and was open to all players who are eligible to play in the Winmau World Masters and the Lakeside World Professional Championships.
O'Brien had a tricky opener in the ladies’ singles against Scotland’s Christine Hyde but came through 3-2, before ousting Northern Ireland’s Sandra Gilmore in straight legs.
The Business Development Manager then again had to go the full distance before ending the hopes of Lancashire’s Jo Clements.
VALUABLE: Maria O'Brien earned valuable ranking points when she competed in the 2018 Scottish Open at Renfrew last weekend.
That win gave O’Brien a place in the board final where she faced Casey Gallagher.
The 21-year-old has already got six titles to her name including the Malta Open which was won at just 16-years, but she found the Plymouth thrower too good on the day and O’Brien progressed to the quarter-finals by a 4-1 margin.
She then faced the world no.1 and doubles partner Deta Hedman for a place in the semi-finals and went down 4-2 but valuable ranking points were achieved.
O’Brien and Hedman joined ranks the following day to claim the Scottish Open pairs title.
The Swedish Pairs title holders opened their account with a 3-2 victory over Christine Hyde and Sharon Leslie before winning in straight legs against Courtney McBain and Sarah Stephen and Bet Petley and Hannah McMahon.
Now into the quarter-finals, Anastasia Dobromyslova, who won the singles title the previous day was partnered with Leanne Topper but another title was denied the Russian ace, when they were edged out 3-2.
The experienced pairing of Corrine Hammond and Lorraine Winstanley, ranked 7th and second in the world respectively, were then overcome in the semi’s by a 3-1 margin before O’Brien and Hedman took the title when getting the better of Fallon Sherrock and Casey Gallagher after having been pushed the full five legs.