I've proved women can beat anyone – Sherrock's remarkable PDC World Championship run continues

By Sports Desk December 21, 2019

Fallon Sherrock's incredible form at the PDC World Championship continued as she knocked out world number 11 Mensur Suljovic in the second round.

Sherrock made history on Tuesday when she defeated Ted Evetts - becoming the first woman to win a match at the tournament - and she displayed unerring finishing in front of a raucous Alexandra Palace crowd to beat Suljovic 3-1 on Saturday.

Her victory was sealed with a bullseye, capping off another extraordinary performance from the first woman to win a match at the World Championship.

"I've proved women can beat anyone. I've beaten two of the best players in the world," a jubilant Sherrock told Sky Sports.

"If that doesn't say women can play darts then I don't know what can."

Matters looked rather bleak for Sherrock when she fell two legs behind in the first set, but – buoyed on by a supportive crowd – the 25-year-old battled back, checking out at 131 to take the fourth leg and throw for the first set, which she sealed with a 180 followed by a composed 81.

Sherrock made it five legs on the spin to take a 2-0 lead in set two, yet Suljovic dragged himself back into the contest, winning three legs on the spin to level proceedings.

But a check out from 56 and two successive maximums lifted Sherrock and kept her nerve to restore her lead.

Suljovic had the chance to take the advantage in the fourth set, only to miss a crucial dart. Sherrock duly capitalised, hitting 18 twice before arrowing a throw into the bull to claim an outstanding triumph.

"I can't believe it, I think I've just taken out a seed, I don't know, I'm speechless," she said.

"I definitely think my finishing was spot on. With everything that's been going on in the past couple of days, I've just been focusing on my finishing. 

"I'm still waiting for it all to sink in. I don't even know how I'm going to sleep tonight, with my adrenaline. I can't believe it."

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    "I feel so confident up there, I feel so comfortable, the most comfortable I have ever played on a stage. I loved every minute of this experience. 

    "The crowd were incredible again, I loved the way they were so supportive."

    She added: "I've never experienced anything like it before but hopefully I will in the future because it's just unbelievable.

    "I hope this journey can continue, I'm going to Q School in January where I hope to win a Tour Card and I've also got the World Series event in New York to look forward to in June."

    Some fans dressed up as Sherrock for her third-round encounter with Dobey, which was a big surprise to her.

    Sherrock continued: "I did see some when in the practice room. I thought, 'Ok, I have fans now!

    "I didn't know how many people were actually dressed up, but it was cool. Nobody dresses up like me, I mean, come on, me!

    "I've actually enjoyed myself so much and I didn't think this was ever possible."

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