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Ashton and Hedman claim opening PDC Women’s Series titles

Hedman secures PDC World Championship debut as Ashton seals her return

Jamie Shaw in PDC Women's Series 18 Oct 2020
Hedman held on to second spot (Photo by PDC)

Deta Hedman secured a dream debut in the 2020/21 World Darts Championship after finishing in the top two of the Women’s Series Order of Merit, where she was joined by Lisa Ashton.

The experienced duo had shared victories in the opening two PDC Women’s Series events on Saturday, with Ashton then claiming her second victory of the weekend in Sunday’s Event Three.

Sherrock went on to take victory in Event Four, but Hedman’s run to the Quarter-Finals eventually proved just enough as she claimed the World Championship place by virtue of Legs Won across the four events, after the pair had tied on £2,250 on the final Order of Merit.

Ashton topped the final rankings with £2,450 and continued a memorable weekend by opening Sunday’s action with victory in Event Three, defeating Hedman 6-3 in the final.

She was pushed all the way by Corinne Hammond and Vicky Pruim in the latter stages, and overcame teenage talent Beau Greaves 4-2 in the Last 16.

Hedman overcame Sherrock 4-3 in the Event Three quarter-finals, having earlier seen off Lorraine Winstanley, and a 5-0 whitewash of Tracy North secured her spot in the final.

Sherrock would avenge that loss to Hedman with a 4-2 victory at the same stage in Event Four, before seeing off Ashton 5-1 in the semi-finals.

She was then a 6-2 winner against Australian star Hammond in the final to claim the £1,000 top prize and complete a strong weekend at the Barnsley Metrodome.

Hammond finished in fourth place on the Order of Merit with £1,350 prize money won, with Dutch ace Aileen de Graaf – the Event Two runner-up – ending the PDC Women’s Series in fifth with £1,000.

Hedman, who turns 61 in November, will become the second oldest debutant in PDC World Championship history behind John Magowan – who made his debut at the Circus Tavern in 2005 aged 64.

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PDC Women’s Series Event Three Results (Last 16 onwards)

Last 16
Fallon Sherrock 4-0 Casey Gallagher
Deta Hedman 4-0 Donna Gleed
Tracey North 4-0 Robyn Byrne
Aileen de Graaf 4-1 Katie Sheldon
Jo Clements 4-3 Felicia Blay
Corrine Hammond 4-0 Louise Pearson
Vicky Pruim 4-3 Maria O’Brien
Lisa Ashton 4-2 Beau Greaves

Quarter-Finals
Deta Hedman 4-3 Fallon Sherrock
Tracy North 4-2 Aileen de Graaf
Corinne Hammond 4-1 Jo Clements
Lisa Ashton 4-3 Vicky Pruim

Semi-Finals
Deta Hedman 5-0 Tracy North
Lisa Ashton 5-4 Corinne Hammond

Final
Lisa Ashton 6-3 Deta Hedman

PDC Women’s Series Event Four Results (Last 16 onwards)

Last 16
Fallon Sherrock 4-1 Natalie Gilbert
Deta Hedman 4-2 Rhian O’Sullivan
Lisa Ashton 4-2 Aileen de Graaf
Eleanor Cairns 4-1 Evonne Taylor
Corrine Hammond 4-0 Felicia Blay
Lorraine Winstanley 4-0 Margaret Sutton
Laura Turner 4-3 Tracy Davies
Maria O’Brien 4-1 Tracy North

Quarter-Finals
Fallon Sherrock 4-2 Deta Hedman
Lisa Ashton 4-0 Eleanor Cairns
Corinne Hammond 4-2 Lorraine Winstanley
Laura Turner 4-1 Maria O’Brien

Semi-Finals
Fallon Sherrock 5-1 Lisa Ashton
Corinne Hammond 5-1 Laura Turner

Final
Fallon Sherrock 6-2 Corinne Hammond

PDC Women’s Series Final Order of Merit (Top 16 only)

1. Lisa Ashton £2,450
2. Deta Hedman £2,250
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3. Fallon Sherrock £2,250
4. Corrine Hammond £1,350
5. Aileen de Graaf £1,000
6. Lorraine Winstanley £800
7. Vicky Pruim £650
8. Felicia Blay £550
9. Joanne Locke £550
10. Tracy North £550
11. Donna Gleed £450
12. Tracey Davies £450
13. Laura Turner £400
14. Maria O’Brien £400
15. Beau Greaves £350
16. Eleanor Cairns £350