JAN DEKKER battled his way to a 3-1 victory over Lisa Ashton in round one of the 2018/19 William Hill World Darts Championship.
Four-time Lakeside Women's Champion Ashton, who received a strong backing from the crown on her impressive Alexandra Palace debut, got off to the best start possible, averaging over 106 to take the opening set 3-0.
Dutchman Dekker raced through the second set without dropping a leg to level the match, and with the third set tied at 2-2 Dekker found a crucial double top to open up a 2-1 lead.
Ashton continued to fight to the end but Dekker produced a strong final set to claim victory, and he will now take on Mervyn King in round two.
“I had to work really hard there, I’m relieved to be through.”— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 13, 2018
Jan Dekker reflects on his 3-1 win over Lisa Ashton... pic.twitter.com/FvIJeV4apZ
“I hope I did ladies’ darts proud tonight.”— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 13, 2018
Lisa Ashton took the positives from her 3-1 defeat to Jan Dekker... pic.twitter.com/w5WOGZLAe8
Match StatsMatch Stats
Dekker - 89.51
Ashton - 88.56
Dekker - 2
Ashton - 0
Dekker - 101
Ashton - 121
Dekker - 1
Ashton - 2
Dekker - 8/17
Ashton - 6/14