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Debenham's Joanne Lock wins two titles at the BDO Malta Open

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Joanne Locke recently celebrated her 50th birthday in style by winning BDO ranking events for the very first time – and it has given the Debenham-based darts ace the taste for more.

Locke made the trip to the Malta Open with relatively low expectations, particularly because three-time BDO World Championships runner-up Deta Hedman and second seed Paula Jacklin were in attendance.

However, after winning her group, Lock proceeded to beat Hedman in the last four of the Ladies Singles before going on to defeat Jacklin 4-2 in the final.

Jo Locke (23228742)
Jo Locke (23228742)

And now Locke is hoping that success will act as a springboard going forward.

“I did not have any thought of winning. It is always a strong competition and two of the big-named girls were in it,” said Locke.

“I played well all week but against Deta I had lost my previous three games in a row against her.

“But I continued to play well and while it was a shock to beat her, the pressure was off in a way and that helped.

“I had never played Paula before but again the pressure was off. I maybe did not play as well as I did against Deta but thankfully it was enough.

“I was the underdog, so it is great to have won my first BDO ranking event. Hopefully it is the first of many and I am hungry for more.

“I have already booked to compete in competitions in Scotland and The Netherlands early next year.”

Locke actually had cause for double celebration in Malta, with her victory in the Singles coming on the back of a Ladies Doubles triumph.

Paired with friend Amanda Harwood, Locke again got the better of Hedman and her playing partner Althea Ciantar to take the crown.

“I have known Amanda a long time through darts competitions and we felt we had a good chance,” added Locke.

“The first round was really tough and the final was not easy either, but we played really well and managed to win it 4-0.

“I won the doubles first and it did put in the back of my mind that I might be able to carry this through to the singles.”

* Locke is looking for sponsorship to help support her during the 2020 season and beyond. Anyone interested should contact jojo_locke@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

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