Lisa Ashton enjoyed the perfect start to her 2022 PDC Women’s Series campaign, picking up both titles on an action-packed day in Barnsley.
Ashton headlined the 100+player field alongside ‘Queen of the Palace’ Fallon Sherrock, but Ashton’s back-to-back successes virtually assures her of a place in the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay in July.
‘The Lancashire Rose’ relinquished just two legs en route to the quarter-finals of Event One, where she battled past four-time major winner Aileen de Graaf 4-2.
This set up a semi-final showdown against former World No 1 Lorraine Winstanley, who dumped out Sherrock in the last eight, yet Ashton swept aside Winstanley 5-1, before sealing the £1,000 top prize with a 5-2 triumph against Wales’ Rhian Griffiths.
Ashton maintained her unbeaten streak to set up a clash against Sherrock in the semi-finals of Event Two, and the 51-year-old recovered from 4-3 adrift to edge out her adversary in a dramatic decider, producing a stunning 170 checkout in the penultimate leg, before surviving a match dart in leg nine.
The four-time women’s world champion subsequently completed the double with a 5-3 victory over Ireland’s Robyn Byrne, who defeated Maria O’Brien in the semi-finals.
Scotland’s Chloe O’Brien also impressed at the Barnsley Metrodome, following up a semi-final appearance in Event One by succumbing in the last eight of Event Two.
Multiple world champions Anastasia Dobromyslova and Mikuru Suzuki were among the high-profile absentees, with Deta Hedman and Beau Greaves also missing out due to their participation at the Isle of Man Darts Festival.
The top eight players from the Women’s Series Order of Merit after Event 12 qualify for the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay in July, so there is plenty to play for across Events Three and Four on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the top two players from the final PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit will qualify to compete in the World Darts Championship and Grand Slam of Darts later this year.
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2022 PDC Women’s Series
Rhian Griffiths 4-0 Tracy North
Lorraine Winstanley 4-3 Fallon Sherrock
Lisa Ashton 4-2 Aileen de Graaf
Chloe O’Brienn 4-2 Juliet Findley
Lisa Ashton 5-1 Lorraine Winstanley
Rhian Griffiths 5-2 Chloe O’Brien
Lisa Ashton 5-2 Rhian Griffiths
Robyn Byrne 4-2 Jane Densley
Maria O’Brien 4-2 Chloe O’Brien
Lisa Ashton 4-2 Steph Clarke
Fallon Sherrock 4-2 Lorraine Winstanley
Robyn Byrne 5-4 Maria O’Brien
Lisa Ashton 5-4 Fallon Sherrock
Lisa Ashton 5-3 Robyn Byrne