Richard Veenstra made his World Darts Championship debut this year. The 42-year-old will face New Zealander Ben Rapp in the opening round in the Netherlands.
Veenstra knows little more about his opponent. “I’ve heard about him, I’ve seen him play a few times, but I don’t know him well. It’s not necessary, I’m just relying on my own strength, and then we’ll see,” Veenstra said. Viaplay.
Commentator Jacques Nieuwlaat recently saw Rob in action at the WDF World Cup. “He’s New Zealand’s best player and certainly shouldn’t be underestimated. He won the doubles match with Hauboy Buha at the World Cup. Both men were at their best and showed their talent. However, I think Richard should win this match. Rob bowls with a lot of pace and that suits Richard. , it’s going to be a fast race.”
There is certainly no question of underestimating Veenstra. “Everybody in the World Cup has more than earned their place. They can all throw a dart. I’ve got to try and average a hundred and then I’ll definitely have a chance of surviving several rounds.” ‘Flyers’ he says.
Veenstra has previously played in the BDO/WDF World Cup six times. He advanced to the semi-finals in both 2016 and 2022. The Ossenzijl resident won just one PDC Tour card earlier this year and has had an excellent debut year with the PDC. He has now climbed to 79th in the world rankings and a good performance at the World Cup could push him into the top 64.
If Veenstra survives the first round, she could face 31st-seeded Belgian Kim Huybrechts in the second round.
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