Friday 24 January 2020

Sherrock: Women need more chances

Fallon Sherrock. Photo: Getty Images
Fallon Sherrock. Photo: Getty Images
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Fallon Sherrock wants more qualifying places for female darts players after she became the first woman to beat a man at the PDC World Championship.

The English star battled back from two sets to one down to seal a 3-2 first-round victory over Ted Evetts at London's Alexandra Palace on Tuesday.

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"The women's game has come on leaps and bounds and it was time we beat a man," the 25-year-old said.

"There are more women that can play to my level, if not better, we just need more opportunities. There are only two women that can qualify but maybe raising it to four would help.

"I feel I've always had the game but us women have never had the opportunity to prove it. Last night I proved to myself and everyone else that women can play darts against the men and beat them."

UK and Ireland qualifier Sherrock and her Rest of the World counterpart Mikuru Suzuki made it through to the prestigious event with 96 players, but the Japanese suffered an agonising 3-2 loss to Englishman James Richardson on Sunday.

Sherrock's victory came two years after she faced online abuse over her physical appearance during the 2017 event, when the treatment she was receiving for kidney problems caused her face to swell.

"I cannot repeat those comments but they were harsh, basically calling me a 'big-faced person'," she said.

Sherrock is only the fifth female to play at the PDC World Championship event.

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