Women's World Matchplay 2022 - Preview

The Women's World Matchplay While the men's event get's closer to the end the women's event is about to begin.
Only four men are still in the tournament none of them is from England - we've got two Dutchmen, one Belgian and one Welsh player left. One of the Dutchman is the favourite to win - Michael van Gerwen - while the other one is the outsider - Danny Noppert.

When the women's event will be played we'll know who has reached the final this year as the women's event will be played on Sunday afternoon while the men's final will take place Sunday night.

The men's event so far was a really highclass, thrilling and entertaining event - hopefully the women's event will be similar. As the women's event is a completely new tournament played for the first time this year all eight participants are debutants though being a debutant in this case doesn't meen inexperienced.

Eight women qualified by the PDC Women's Series and it looks like an interesting mix of age and experience.
Lisa Ashton, the four time Women's World Champion and three times World Masters winner - is with 51 years of age - the oldest participant and probably the most experienced and the one with the most tournament wins under her belt. She dominated this year's women's series so far with seven wins, she already had a PDC Tour Card for two year's and she is capable to play high averages. Interesting enough she is not really successful when playing against the men - I've no idea why but it looks she is not able to produce as well as she is against other women. It looks as well her problem is neither the big stage nor the TV camera as she had no problems to win on the Lakeside stage a televised final several times. As this event is an all women's event Ashton - the Lancashire Rose -is to be sure one of the favorites to win the event.

Next in age and with a lot of experience and several wins as well is Lorraine Winstanley. She so far only once reached the final of the women's World Championship but she once - in 2017 - won the World Masters. In some way Winstanley is often in the mix in the later rounds of the tournaments but she is not as much a winner as Lisa Ashton - I wouldn't rule it out she could win the Women's World Matchplay but she is not my first choice for the title.

Next we have Welsh Rhian Griffiths who so far rarely won a tournament though she twice qualified for the women's World Championship and reached one final on the Women's Series. She already plays in tournaments since 2013 so to be sure has some experience but it would be a surprise would she win the Women's World Matchplay

Then we have Laura Turner whom we know as well as part of the Sky Sports darts commentating team. She already won a few events - last was the Slovak Masters in February. She took part twice in the Women's World Championship and reached two finals on the women's series this year -nevertheless I don't see her as the winner in Blackpool.

More probable is Aileen de Graaf who's by now 31 years of age who has won quite a lot including the World Masters in 2015 and twice reached the semi-finals of the Women's World Championship. She didn't take part as often as the others in the Women's Series but already reached two finals in 2022 and managed to qualify for this tournamet in Blackpool. She certainly is a possible winner - might be we'll see a Dutch winner in both the men's and the women's World Matchplay this year.

A little bit younger then Aileen de Graaf is Fallon Sherrock. The Queen of the Palace is well known. She already was a successful youth player though so far she neither won the World Masters as senior nor the Women's World Championship nor did she manage to get a PDC Tour Card. But she celebrated two wins against the men in the PDC World Championship and reached the final of the Nordic Darts Masters 2021 and - not to forget - she stood among the Last 16 of the Grand Slam 2021. As Ashton she is capable to throw high averages and to win tournaments. In 2022 she was so far not as strong as in 2021 but to be sure she is beside Lisa Ashton the favourite to win the event.

Last but not least two very young players managed to qualify for the Women's World Matchplay - Chloe O'Brien from Scotland, 19 years of age, and Katie Sheldon, Republic Ireland, 18 years old. Both were very succesful youth players and both are very talented. Sheldon started to play when she was nine and won her first tournament when she was twelve while O'Brien started to play when she was 14. Sheldon plays in a men's league and plays on the Development Tour. Both were a little bit unlucky with their draw - O'Brien was drawn against Lisa Ashton, Sheldon against Fallon Sherrock - so their chances to progress are not really good. But both are prospects for the future of women's darts and they might be outsiders in this tournament though not without a chance.

So hopefully the tournament will be a good one. The PDC already announced there will be a Women's World Matchplay next year again.

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