Hedman: "I broke down in tears"
By Phil Lanning 27/10/2020
DETA HEDMAN admitted she broke down in tears after securing her place in the PDC World Championships.
The queen of women’s darts pipped last year’s hero Fallon Sherrock on legs won difference in a dramatic last day of action in the Barnsley qualifier a week ago.
It was a sweet moment for Hedman who has won 215 titles and been playing darts for 46 YEARS - but been a three-times Ladies Worlds runner-up.
The Jamaican-born star, part of the Windrush generation in the early 70s, admitted it was an emotional moment.
She said: “When they told me I’d qualified, I just cried. I asked ‘are you sure, are you really really sure?’ The tears just came.
“Oh my good God, it’s up there isn’t it? In a million years I didn’t think I would qualify.
“But of course I have to thank the sport for Barry Hearn and the PDC for putting this on.
“I didn’t really think I’d qualify. Even though I won one event, I still didn’t think I would.
“I played Fallon four times over the weekend. All I had in my head was, I have to beat Fallon. I don’t really care whatever else.
“If I’m being honest with you, when I lost to Fallon in the last one on Sunday, I said I’ve blown it but hey ho I gave it a good go.
“We just stayed to watch what was occuring. Lisa then had to play Fallon and that was another flip of the coin. If Lisa had beaten Fallon then I knew I had got it. So when Lisa didn’t win, to me I felt it had gone. Then I was told I had got it on countback of legs won.”
Hedman, who will be 61 by the time the Worlds take place, admits she has a tough act to follow after Sherrock’s groundbreaking two wins over men at the Ally Pally last year.
She added: “At the end of the day I will go to the World Championships to enjoy it. I’m at the end of the ladder, not the beginning of the ladder!
“I’m not aware of what I’m achieving. I just go about my business and try not to look too far ahead.
“I’m just the fighter, I always have been. You ask my mum, I’ve always been the fighter since I was a little girl.
“This is just another chapter in the book. I didn’t think I’d be doing this at 60, not really.
“It’s fantastic that we’ve been given this opportunity for the Grand Slam and World Championships at the Ally Pally. There are so many good girl players out there.
“Fallon has been playing superb, regardless. It must be heartbreaking for her and my heart goes out to her. Are we a close knit bunch? I wouldn’t go that far, some of us are!
“I feel sorry for her regardless of what people may say. She did fantastic last year, she’s still playing superb.”