World Darts Championship: Lisa Ashton fancies her chances of getting off the mark at Alexandra Palace | Darts News

Bolton’s Lisa Ashton takes on world number 53 Ron Meulenkamp Thursday night at Alexandra Place, where she hopes to record her maiden win; “I feel pretty good and I hope to cross the finish line this time”

Last updated: 15/12/21 10:43


Lisa Ashton has her eyes set on following in Fallon Sherrock’s footsteps by winning a match at the PDC World Darts Championship

Four-time women’s darts champion Lisa Ashton is pleased with her chances of a successful start to the PDC World Darts Championship.

“The Lancashire Rose” will make its third appearance at Alexandra Palace, but has not yet tasted victory after losing to Jan Dekker and Adam Hunt in his previous outings.

Historian Ashton became the first woman to average 100 in a televised match at the UK Open in March and is also the first, and so far only, woman to win a Tour Card at Qualifying School.

This year, the 51-year-old from Bolton “feels good” about her chances when she faces Ron Meulenkamp on Thursday night with the prize of a fight against Michael Smith awaiting the winner.

“I always tell young people to work hard, practice a lot, keep going, work hard and above all keep enjoying the game. This is the most important thing about this sport.”

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“I think it will be more exciting this year because we have the audience back too. I can’t wait,” said Ashton Sky Sports.

“I’ve prepared for Ron just like any other game. I’ve played with Ron before and I know how he plays – he’s a bit of a slow player. But it doesn’t matter, I’ll play my game and do what I always do.”

Ashton faces the prospect of returning to Q School in January if he fails to win at least two games at Alexandra Palace.

She said: “I’m going to the game looking for a surprise, but I’m also a bit more experienced because I know how my game is and how it’s going at the moment, I feel pretty good and hope to get past the winning stake this time around. “.

Speaking about his year on the PDC Tour, Ashton said: “I really enjoyed it. The experience was a lifetime opportunity as you are playing with the best players in the world and you can’t ask for more.

“Everything he did improved my game, but this time I just hope to bring that experience and improvement to the stage.

“My score and finish improved a lot more and it was my finish that I needed to improve the most. I just hope they get along on stage.”

Ashton is the only woman to have won a Tour Card at the qualifying school

Ashton is the only woman to have won a Tour Card at the qualifying school

With PDC President Eddie Hearn looking to a potential Women’s World Championship in the future, Ashton hopes his plans will inspire the next generation of players.

“The women’s series has been difficult to carry on during the pandemic, but I hope we will have many more trips in the next year and it will show what the future holds for women’s darts as long as the PDC continues to support it.

“There are quite a few young players coming in now and the level of darts is increasing in the women’s game. They know this is the time to step up, but these guys aren’t afraid.

“I always tell young players, stay dedicated, train, keep going, work hard and above all keep enjoying the game. This is the most important thing about this sport.”

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