The four-time women’s tour world champion qualified for the PDC, a men’s tour. “They have pressure not to lose to a woman, ” he said.
Lisa Ashton, a four-time women’s world darts champion, achieved a historic milestone. The Englishwoman has become the first woman to qualify for the PDC, a male darts tour. In this way, Ashton will compete to win the same prizes as the men in the same tournaments during the course of the tour. Despite this brilliant growth in female darts, Ashton takes his feat with philosophy in an interview with the Guardian.
“I don’t want any special treatment. I don’t want to be considered Lisa Ashton, the first woman to play on the men’s tour. No thanks. I want to be Lisa Ashton, the darts player. If anyone beats me, it’s fair. If I’m a man or a woman I shouldn’t get into that,” she said.
In addition, he explained that the men who make up the tour have added pressure not to lose to a woman: “There are still a few male players who I think feel the pressure because they don’t want to lose to a woman, I hope that helps me this year (laughs). We’re proving we can play darts now. For years people thought that women who played darts was a novelty, but now people can see that we are good enough. To break that glass ceiling, I encouraged a few more women to take the game seriously and believe they can play with men would be on par with everything I’ve done in the game. It’s pressure, but good pressure.”
Ashton will compete in the PDC for the next two years, where he will have access to the more than 14 million pounds that the tour distributes in prizes throughout each season. At the women’s BDO World Championship, the British won only 4,500 pounds by being second. Female darts enter a new dimension.