Darts star Paul Jennings wins Polish Open

Paul Jennings
Paul Jennings

LOCAL darts star Paul Jennings is celebrating after winning won his first major tournament for over a year.

Headlander Jenno beat Jeffrey de Graaf 6-3 in the final of the Polish Open following a day where “everything that could have went well did” for the two-time world championships quarter-finalist.

The victory not only ended his Open drought that had elapsed since February 2012 when he won the Denmark Open, but was a forum for the 36-year-old to show why he harbours realistic ambitions of becoming a world champion.

Speaking to SportMail, he said: “I had a very tough board but I did very, very well all day.

“The number of 120s I hit all day was unbelievable. I think it was 25 I hit. My finishing was lethal.

“I hit three 180s in my first three darts in the final.”

Jenno’s acceleration through the rounds included a whitewashing against the current BDO man of the moment Stephen Bunting, as well as conquering a previous nemesis.

“I played Willy van di Viel in the last-16 and I’ve had some good battles with him in the past but never beaten him,” Jennings explained.

“But I hit four 13-darters and beat him 4-0.

“Then in the quarters I played Stephen Bunting and beat him in a match that included two 12-darters.”

The following day Jenno reached the last-32 of the Polish Masters, a week after he earned 14 points with his last-32 finish in the neighbouring German Open.

Usually a last-32 result topped by a last-16 placing across one weekend for Tony Eccles would be enough for him to take the town bragging rights over Jennings.

Despite Jenno’s form in Poland that garnered him 30 ranking points, Eccles’ own performance cannot go amiss.

He said: “I picked up 22 points and I was happy with that.

“I played some good games and was hitting the board well.”

At the German Open Eccles bowed out at the last-128 stage but did win the doubles event with Glen Durrant – their latest impressive result as a tandem.

“If me and Glen could take our ranking points from the doubles we’d be first and second in the ladder,” Eccles quipped.