After getting a bye to round two, she started off her campaign by whitewashing Christina Cronin 5-0. In her board final, she faced Maria O’Brien and won 5-1.
That set up a last 16 tie v Felicia Blay, Fallon Sherrock’s twin sister. In that game, Ashton averaged 83 as she defeated Blay 5-2 to move into the quarter finals. There, she dispatched Vicky Prium 5-1.
This set up a semi final against Deta Hedman, in which she missed plenty of chances to wrap it up sooner. In the end though, she came through 5-2 to meet Hammond in the final, who had knocked out Fallon Sherrock 5-4 in the other semi final.
Ashton, who had only dropped six legs all day at this point, looked the calmer player throughout. With Hammond on double eight, she took out 58 to break straight away in the first leg. She then consolidated the break in the next to go 2-0 up.
The Lancashire Rose then took advantage again in the next leg. With Hammond left on double 16, Ashton found a 66 finish for a 15 dart break, and never looked back. She held throw once more, before pinging double ten in the fifth leg to whitewash Hammond 5-0 and make the Grand Slam of Darts for the second straight year.
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