Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton are set to seal their Alexandra Palace return later this month after dominating opening weekend of the PDC Women’s Series in Milton Keynes.
Sherrock and Ashton won three titles each in the Marshall Arena last months with just six events other on October 23-24 it would take an extraordinary effort to overhaul the decorated duo.
The top two players of the final Order series ladies of merit will qualify for this year’s PDC World Championship, and Ashton – who follows Sherrock met £350 – leads third-place Deta Hedman met a hefty £1,950.
Women’s Series 2021: Events 1-6
|Saturday||Women’s Series 1||Lisa Ashton 5-3 Rhian O’Sullivan|
|Women’s Series 2||Fallon Sherrock 5-2 Corrine Hammond|
|Women’s Series 3||Fallon Sherrock 5-3 Deta Hedman|
|Sunday||Women’s Series 4||Lisa Ashton 5-4 Fallon Sherrock|
|Women’s Series 5||Lisa Ashton 5-2 Fallon Sherrock|
|Series 6. ladies||Fallon Sherrock 5-0 Lisa Ashton|
Sherrock and Ashton are undoubtedly the two biggest names in women’s darts now, and they confirmed their credentials with An series of sparkling performances every 70-player field.
sherrock, who enjoyed a sensational rise put politeness in the foreground of her groundbreaking success at Ally Pally two years ago, will also make her Grand Slam of Darts debut next month, after reaching the final in five of the first six events.
“I’m absolutely buzzing to have secured a place in the Grand Slam, I can’t wait to play in that,” Sherrock told PDC commentator Chris Murphy.
“But There’s Still” six events left until play in the Women’s Series and I need to make sure l finish the job and qualify for Ally Pal.”
the 27-year-old was called ‘The Queen’ of the palace that follows her history- make exploits in 2019, although she missed painfully out a World Cup return at last year’s Women’s Series, lose out to Hedman by just two legs.
Ashton was at the top of the Order of Earnings at last year inaugural staging, and the 50-year-old is still in a position of authority as it commands feature in her third PDC World Championship.
She has suffered first-round defeats on her two previous appearances in Alexandra Palace, but she did register her first broadcast win over a man opponent at the UK Open in March, beating Aaron Beeney met 6-2 with a 100.3 average – a world-record TV average for a woman.
Ashton has also beat the likes of Michael Smith, Rob Cross and Adrian Lewis on the Pro Tour over the last 12 months, and she’s hopeful her return to Pro Tour action next month will ensure the perfect preparation ahead of another cracking weekend.
“I have a good start so hopefully i can build on that, and now me know what it takes to get to Barnsley so hopefully I can get my stamina and go all the way way through,” she told the Dart show podcast.
“Played best players in the world, there is no better practice you can ever have, so hopefully I can take what I did this weekend into the Pro Tour, and hopefully I will help me in the next Series ladies.
Elsewhere in Milton Keynes, multiple world champions Anastasia Dobromyslova and Mikuru Suzuki finished the weekend 4th and 6th on the order of Merit respectively with the evergreen Hedman in third position.
ten times world champion Trina Gulliver made her return to competitive action and showed promising signs, while former BDO world finalist Corrine Hammond and Sky Sports’ own Laura Turner also featured in the top ten.
Nevertheless, Ashton and Sherrock were just… in another league. Sherrock’s Three Defeats in the six events all came against Ashton and ‘The Lancashire Rose’ posted consecutive averages of 104 and 103 on their way to Event Five glory.
“They were in a class of their own. It was ruthless, ruthless” display of darts from both ladies,” reflected former world No. 1 Colin Lloyd, who used to be on commentary duty the entire opening weekend.
“Fallon and Lisa are at that level – Deta Hedman can get there on occasions, Anastasia Dobromyslova on occasions, Mikuru Suzuki, we know she can lift her for sure game. They can just To go up there and do it. They can make it flow.
“You only have control over what you do. You have no control over what you do opponent but if you keep asking yourself in the mix, you can get results. People have proven that you can get results against these two ladies,” Lloyd added.
The last 18 months were tough for the women’s game. The downfall of the British Darts Organization coincided with the coronavirus pandemic, and as a result, a lot of of the game’s leading lights were starving of competitive action.
The news that the inaugural WDF World Championship will begin on the shore of the lake on New Year’s Day is a huge boost for the amateur game, but the Women’s Series also is a great opportunity, with £30,000 in prize money on offer in Barnsley later this month.
The appetite is there. In a new report published by air sports and leaders in Sport, it was revealed that public interest in womensport has soared during the pandemic, with 21 percent of british adults die following more than 18 months ago.
Sherrock’s run to the third round of the 2019 World Championship captured the imagination of the sporty one world, while the PDC’s Darts Connect system temporarily crashed during Ashton’s Qualifying School campaign, such was the interest in her bid to claim a Tour Card.
The momentum needs to be maintained and that is why it is essential that the Women’s Series events are well supported, despite the dominance of Sherrock and Ashton in the first phase.
The PDC were already forced to reschedule the opening leg of this year’s series – set to take place in Germany back in August – by a paltry total of 22 entries, and Ashton has issued a rallying cry to her female counterparts.
“A lot of the ladies enjoyed [first six events]. They’re going to collide with other tournaments, but I hope the ladies will too back this, because the rewards are there.
“I hope they back this and we continue forward, want if we don’t back this events, we’re not going to have any tournaments.”
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