Lorraine Winstanley saw a whole year of planning and preparation fall apart in the space of six legs at the Lakeside last Sunday.
The Buxton thrower fell to a 2-0 defeat against her Dutch opponent Sharon Prins in the opening round of the 2015 BDO World Championships.
Winstanley never really got going up on the Frimley Green oche and won just one leg compared to seven from her opponent.
Prins was straight into her rhythm from the word go as she hit two maximums in the first set.
Despite Lorraine hitting a 140 on her way to winning the first leg of the second set, Prins hit back with three double-top finishes to secure her quarter-final berth.
“I was absolutely gutted,” Lorraine told the Advertiser.
“I felt fine in the build-up and quite confident.
“But I just couldn’t find a marker on the stage and never get going.
“Sharon played really, really well though.
“Normally I can find some fight and thrive on a good game, but I just couldn’t seem to find my mark.
“If I could have found the trebles a couple of times then it boosts your confidence, but I just couldn’t seem to find my range.
“And with such a short format you know that if you lose that first set, you’ve really got to dig in to try and equal it up.
“It was an uphill battle from losing the first set.
“That is the goal at the end of the year - the World Championships.
“It’s the pinnacle of what I work towards and sadly it can be over in as little as six legs.
“Sharon played great though and that’s the best I’ve seen her play.”
Lorraine’s tilt at a world title followed hot on the heels of husband Dean’s PDC World Championship assault.
Dean eventually exited the Alexandra Palace tournament 4-2 to Vincent van der Voort in the third round.
Lorraine says she was proud of Dean’s best performance as he reached the last-16 for the first time.
“I was very proud of him.
“He played great against Vincent.
“I thought it was going to be the ultimate comeback but Vincent outplayed him towards the end.
“Dean dug in, but Vincent was just better on the night I guess.
“I think he’ll get him though.
“I’ve no doubt he’ll get his revenge soon!”