21 November 2019 18:32
Lisa Ashton is among the women who have mixed it with the world's best darts players As the sport of darts continues to grow, the talent pool becomes deeper. And by its very nature, darts boasts a unique element in that men and women compete against each other at the top professional level. "The structure of the PDC is all about embracing everyone," PDC Chairman Barry Hearn told The Darts Show Podcast. You're all level in the eyes of the god of the oche and that is the darts board!" The standard of the women's game is increasing all the time, and this has been exemplified by the performances of Lisa Ashton and Anastasia Dobromyslova at the PDC World Championship last year, and the emergence of Mikuru Suzuki in the interim. Suzuki and Ashton competed at the Grand Slam of Darts "The great thing about darts is that it's gender-free, it's gender-neutral.
"It's a level playing field, if you're a good enough player it doesn't matter if you're a woman or a man. It's a level playing field, if you're a good enough player it doesn't matter if you're a woman or a man Hearn feels female players can compete at the top level "I'm really pleased to see that there is progress in the women's game. I was pleased that our Japanese BDO world champion (Mikuru Suzuki) qualified for Alexandra Palace, I thought that her and Lisa played quite well, they didn't let themselves down at all at the Grand Slam but there's another level that they've got to get to. We're going to produce women players that can stand shoulder to shoulder and give a man a good game or a good beating." Suzuki has already qualified for the upcoming PDC World Championship, and another woman is set to join her at the Ally Pally, with Monday's UK & Ireland Women's Qualifier taking place in Wigan. Next month, Suzuki and the winner of that qualifier will bid to create history and become the first woman to win a game at the PDC World Championship.
Going forward, Hearn is keen to see women compete at the top level more often, but knows they have to also deliver results. "The answer for me has never been to say that 'women's darts is mediocre - let's have a women's tour'," he noted. Therefore, the women have got to be at Q-School, on the Challenge Tour, they've got to play the same price that the men pay and they've got to have the same ability that the men have got. Check out daily Darts news on skysports.com/darts, our app for mobile devices and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts - the action is back on your Sky Sports screens in December with the World Championship from Alexandra Palace. Lionel Messi celebrates with his teammates from Barcelona after a score against Sevilla Here we go deeper into the state of affairs in La Liga, Serie A, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and the Eredivisie…. La Liga table The La Liga title race is starting to take shape with Barcelona and Real Madrid at the top of the table. Barca is currently leading the way, but only on goal difference compared to Real, with both teams collecting 25 points from their first 12 games. The big two of Spain, who have a competition in hand because of the reshuffled Clasico on December 18 in the Nou Camp, do not have everything their own way this season. Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid against Granada It is overloaded at the top with only six points separating Barca and Real at the top and Osasuna in 10th place. There are only two points that separate the top five, with Atletico Madrid and Seville leading the chasing peloton. They are only one point behind the top two, while Real Sociedad is one point back in fifth place. On the other hand, Celta Vigo, Espanyol, who won seventh place last season, and Leganes occupy the relegation places. La Liga top goal scorers Karim Benzema Real Madrid 9 2. Series A: Juve, Inter compete Series A table Team played won Drawn goal difference Points 1. Atalanta 12 6 4 2 +12 22 Can anyone stop Juventus from securing a ninth consecutive Serie A? If someone is going to ruin the party, then it's Antonio Conte & #39; s Inter Milan, trying to win the title for the first time since 2010. They are currently hot on the heels of Maurizio Sarri & #39; s Juventus, who lead the way through a lonely place. Inter Milan is one point behind Juventus in the Serie A Since Juve & #39; s 2-1 win against Inter at the San Siro in October, the two teams stride ahead and get four wins from their last five Series A games. With Lazio and Cagliari, who are third and fourth, respectively, seven points back, expect the battle of the top two to continue the new year. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five Series A goals this season Juve & #39; s closest challengers last season were Napoli, but Carlo Ancelotti fell behind at a seventh pace, while recent AC Milan struggles have continued to date. Top A goal scorers Luis Fernando Muriel Fruto Atalanta 8 4. Bundesliga table There is an unknown view at the top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach in front. The side of Marco Rose has played some exciting football so far this season to free four points from RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich. Since a surprising defeat in Freiburg late last month, Leipzig has 20 goals in four games in all competitions, including eight in a club-record 8-0 win over Mainz in the Bundeslga. Borussia Mönchengladbach has four points free at the top of the Bundesliga Meanwhile, Bayern, looking for an eighth consecutive title, said goodbye to Niko Kovac after a bad series of competitive forms, including a 5-1 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt – the toughest club in the Bundesliga in 10 years. Assistant coach Hansi Flick takes charge of Bayern until at least the winter break after winning both games, including a 4-0 thrashing from Borussia Dortmund in the final game before the international break. Despite Bayern's fight in the league, Robert Lewandowski, who has so far scored 16 goals, became the first player in history to score in 11 consecutive Bundesliga games after his double against Dortmund. Robert Lewandowski has scored 16 goals in 11 games in the Bundesliga Freiburg, currently fourth, is the surprise package of the season to date, beating Hoffenheim, RB Leipzig and Frankfurt en route. They also succeeded in a draw with Borussia Dortmund, who are sixth after an inconsistent start to the season. At the other end of the table, Mainz, Koln and Paderborn occupy the relegation places. Top goal scorers in the Bundesliga Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 16 2. Ligue 1 table Team played won drawn Lost goal difference Points 1. PSG & #39; s grip on the Ligue 1 title does not seem to get loose despite three defeats this season. The side of Thomas Tuchel has already gained an eight-point lead in second place in Marseille, while they are trying a third consecutive La Liga title and their seventh win in eight seasons. Marseille, led by former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, lead the pack after a 2-1 win against rivals Lyon – their first against Lyon since 2014 – just before the international break, and they followed surprise package Angers closely, who finished 13th last season. Mauro Icardi has scored nine goals in eight games in all games for PSG St Etienne was in the relegation zone in early October, but since Ghislain Printant was replaced by the former Southampton boss and Leicester Claude Puel, they have experienced a revival that has brought them to fourth place in the table. It is not going so well with Lyon, who replaced Sylvinho with Rudi Garcia after only 141 days after the reign of the Brazilian. The former Arsenal full-back left the club in their lowest league position after nine games since 1995-96. Ligue 1 top goal scorers Eredivisie table Team played won drawn Lost goal diff points 1. Vitesse 13 7 2 4 +5 23 6. It & #39; s advantage Ajax after 13 games with Erik ten Hag & #39; s side six points clear or AZ Alkmaar at the top of the standings. Unbeaten in the league so far this season, the defending champions have scored 43 goals, racking up 11 wins and two draws as they look for secure back-to-back titles for the first time since 2014. Donny Van de Beek (L) celebrates with Ajax team mates after scoring their fourth goal against Chelsea in the Champions League Last season & Champions League semi-finalists are currently on a run of seven straight wins, scoring 23 goals and just three in the process conceding. Meanwhile, PSV, who finished three points behind Ajax last season, find themselves 11 points adrift of the top after a difficult start to the campaign, but striker Donyell Malen, who they signed from Arsenal back in 2017, is currently the division & #39; s top goal scorer. Eredivisie top goal scorer Player Team Goals 1. Bryan Linssen Vitesse 7 5. FREE TO PLAY: The Premier League returns with all six games in Saturday's £ 250,000 round.