Lisa Ashton’s defeat leaves Deta Hedman as only women left in tournament; she plays Andy Boulton on Saturday – coverage continues on Sky Sports Darts from 6pm on Thursday with two more sessions featuring Daryl Gurney and Jose De Sousa
By Paul Prenderville at Alexandra Palace
Last Updated: 16/12/20 9:49pm
Lisa Ashton’s second PDC World Championship appearance in three years ended in an agonising 3-2 first-round defeat at the hands of Adam Hunt.
Some 12 months on from Fallon Sherrock’s history-making exploits at last year’s tournament, Ashton was hoping to make more headlines having become the first woman to win a PDC Tour Card via Q-School when she battled through amongst more than 500 other hopefuls.
The Lancashire Rose, a four-time women’s world champion, matched Hunt but faltered in the decisive set with mistakes at crucial moments.
Wednesday Evening’s results
|Round One||Max Hopp 3-0 Gordon Mathers|
|Round One||Callan Rydz 3-1 James Bailey|
|Round One||Adam Hunt 3-2 Lisa Ashton|
|Round Two||Glen Durrant vs Diogo Portela|
Hunt was coolness personified as he took out 120 to win the match after Ashton had missed three darts to force the fifth set into a deciding leg.
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Two years ago, Ashton had been beaten 3-1 by Jan Dekker in the first round, but a year on the circuit having won her Tour Card in January had sharpened the focus. She was chasing a first televised win over a male opponent – having racked up 20 of them during the regular darts season.
However, it wasn’t to be as Hunt moved into a second-round meeting with Jamie Hughes, and Ashton was left to reflect on what might have been.
Thursday’s Order of Play
|Afternoon||Madars Razma v Toru Suzuki (R1)|
|Mike De Decker v Edward Foulkes (R1)|
|Ryan Murray v Lourence Ilagan (R1)|
|Daryl Gurney v O’Connor/Zonneveld (R2)|
|Evening||Luke Woodhouse v Jamie Lewis (R1)|
|Ron Meulenkamp v Boris Krcmar (R1)|
|Ryan Searle v Danny Lauby (R1)|
|Jose de Sousa v R Smith/D Evans (R2)|
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