Lisa Ashton just failed to write history at the British Q-School in Wigan on Friday. The Englishman lost in the semifinals and is therefore not the first woman ever with a tour card from dartsbond PDC.
Ashton lost in the final four after a true thriller with 4-5 to Kai Fan Leung from Hong Kong. She was allowed to start the deciding ninth leg herself, but didn't get an arrow in the double because her opponent scored well.
The four-time women's world champion, who was defeated in the final against the Japanese Mikuru Suzuki in the final World Cup, was also very close to a Tour card last year, but she was one point short of the Q-School Order of Merit.
Ashton still has a good chance of winning a Tour card this year, as she occupies a top position on the Q-School Order of Merit with fourth place (nine points) on Friday.
At the British Q-School, in addition to the two finalists of each day, the top twelve of the Q-School Order of Merit will also receive a Tour card after the final day of Sunday. Ten points will probably suffice.
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Sherrock is doing himself poor service
Fallon Sherrock did himself a bad service in the battle for a Tour card. The English World Cup sensation immediately lost in the first round to countryman Chris Lacey (2-5). She got no further than an average of just 78 points per three arrows.
Sherrock did not score points for the Q-School Order of Merit due to the elimination. Players receive a point for every win in a round in which no byes are involved. Sherrock is currently only on two points.
'The Queen of the Palace' wrote history at the last World Cup of the PDC by being the first woman to win a match at the final tournament of that league. She beat Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic in succession and stranded against Chris Dobey.
In addition to Leung, Englishman Bradley Brooks (also finalist at the British Q-School) and Belgian Mike De Decker (winner at the European Q-School in Hildesheim) also won a Tour card on Friday.
With a Tour card, players can participate in the Players Championships, the qualifiers for the Euro Tours, Grand Slam of Darts and World Series of Darts Finals and the very last World Cup qualifying tournament.
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