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Sherrock and Ashton secure PDC World Darts Championship returns

Jamie Shaw in World Darts Championship 23 Oct 2021
Sherrock enjoyed a dream Ally Pally debut in 2019 (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Fallon Sherrock and Lisa Ashton have secured a return to the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace following their PDC Women’s Series success.

Sherrock created history at Ally Pally in 2019, defeating Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic as she shot to global stardom by becoming the first woman to beat a man in a PDC World Championship.

She has now sealed a return to the sport’s show-piece event in December via the PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit, clinching one of the two available places.

“It’s going to be a great experience to go back there, especially now that crowds are allowed back in,” said Sherrock.

“I’m happy that I get to go back with crowds, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m just over the moon at the moment.”

Sherrock – the Nordic Masters runner-up recently – won three of the six Women’s Series events in Milton Keynes last month and continued that form in Barnsley during the second block of six events with two victories on Saturday.

The Milton Keynes star won Event Seven, averaging above 100 twice in the process, was the runner-up to Ashton in Event Eight and then reversed that result to win Event Nine.

She added: “It was very satisfying. I’m really happy with how I’m playing at the moment and I’m really happy with the wins today.

“I enjoy playing in the Women’s Series, it’s a good set-up and great money to be won and it’s great practice for me.”

Ashton’s defeat of Sherrock in the Event Eight final saw her win a fourth Women’s Series event of the year, and her own run to the Event Nine decider secured her third Ally Pally appearance.

The 51-year-old has continued to lead the way for female players in the sport this year, becoming the first woman to average 100 in a televised match at the UK Open and enjoying her second year as a PDC Tour Card holder.

She has previously featured in the 2018/19 and 2020/21 World Championships, losing out to Jan Dekker and Adam Hunt respectively.

Neither Sherrock or Ashton can now be caught on the PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit in Sunday’s final three events, guaranteeing them their World Championship spot.

“I’m really happy,” said Ashton. “My game is lifting and I’m happy I’ve got back in the World Championship, but I’ve got another mission to do as well to get in the Grand Slam.

“Playing on the ProTour has helped me, it was good practice for this weekend. Hopefully I can get the Grand Slam spot tomorrow.”

Ashton is also firm favourite to join Sherrock as a Grand Slam of Darts Qualifier, with the top player from Events 7-12 securing their Wolverhampton place next month.

With the pair established as the leading women’s players in darts, Ashton admits that she is relishing their duels on the Women’s Series.

“We know we’re going to push each other in the games and hopefully everybody enjoys it,” she said. “We know what we can play and we can still improve. Hopefully we can show the men that we’re here to stay.”

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