Due to the coronavirus the WDF in conjunction with dartconnect organised a virtual world cup.
Using the dartconnect online scoring system and Skype Irina was able to play against people regardless of what area of the world they live in.
Having qualified through the group stages Irina was drawn against a lady from Iran, Zahra Rajabi. Irina winning 4 -2.
The last 16 match Irina played against Katie Sheldon from the Republic of Ireland, Irina winning this match 4 - 1.
This brought a last 8 match against Mikuru Suzuki from Japan. Mikuru needs no introduction having been Lakeside Champion, Asia Pacific champion, reigning WDF world cup singles champion. A game Irina was relishing. She prevailed and won 4 - 0.
Irina finally lost in the semi final against Russian sensation Ksenia Klochek 5 - 1.
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Having travelled less in 2014 due to other commitments Irina still managed to finish
4th in the WDF World Rankings, keeping up her top 5 place for the 8th year in a row.
Her continuing success in BDO ranked events assured her place at the
2015 Lakeside World Professional Championships in Frimley Green and the World Trophy
which is in Manchester starting at the end of February 2015.
Notable successes during the year, besides two new ranked titles in Latvia, Irina also returned home
from the WDF Europe Cup in Romania with three medals, one Gold in the ladies pairs, and 2 Bronze,
one for the ladies singles and one for the overall 3rd place for the German ladies team.
In the DDV rankings ( Germany rankings ) Irina retained her number 1 slot, over 1,000 points
ahead of the second placed lady. Irina also defended her German Masters title making her
unbeaten in 4 years in this event since she first took part in 2011.
Another double header and another 2 sets of points collected.
In the German Open on Saturday Irina lost out in the last 4 to Anastasia but went one better on the Sunday in the new German Masters, reaching the final where she lost to Deta Hedman 2 - 0.
Having played so well on the saturday to earn a place in the semi finals, Irina had a nightmare on the Sunday.
These things happen, of course, from time to time, but this was a performance to forget.
Even so a 3rd place in Scotland is still a very good result.