Lakeside 2017 Match Reports
Lakeside Day 8 - Afternoon Session - Women's Final
Lisa Ashton was crowned women's world champion for a third time after recording a comprehensive straight sets victory over eighth seed Corrine Hammond in Saturday's final. Hammond battled valiantly, but Ashton was always in control and recorded an impressive 3-0 victory with an 81.81 average.
'The Lancashire Rose' stormed to the first set without reply. She began by nailing a 51 kill with her first dart at double, before extending her lead after following her first maximum with a clinical 14-darter. The second seed endured some double-trouble as she attempted to close out the set, but she eventually pegged D1 to wrap up the opener.
The second set was a much more even affair. Hammond registered her first leg via D16 after both players missed darts at double, and the Australian then posted her first maximum as she attempted to make inroads into Lisa's throw. Ashton responded superbly however; levelling with a 64 finish to complete a 15-dart hold.
Hammond regained the initiative with a tremendous 107 kill after Ashton wired the bull for a 121, but the second seed responded. Lisa forced a set decider after nailing D8 to round-off an 18-dart hold, before clinching a nervy leg on D2 to double her advantage, after the Australian produced her worst leg of the match at an inopportune time.
The eighth seed was faced with an uphill task but left D18 after 15 darts as she attempted to battle back after the interval. Nevertheless, she wasn't afforded a shot as Ashton dispatched a two-dart 52 kill to draw first blood in set three.
Hammond levelled with a scrappy hold on D16, but 'The Lancashire Rose' converted a clinical two-dart 77 checkout for a 14-dart hold to move to the brink of victory. The Australian continued to battle but it was no to avail, as Ashton sank tops to scoop the £12,000 winner's cheque and secure her third World Championship crown.