Fallon Sherrock became the first woman to defeat a male darts player at the PDC World Darts Championship, and she repeated the victory by beating one of the world’s top-ranked players on Saturday. Now, with tennis legend Billie Jean King and others praising Sherrock on social media, Sherrock hopes to win the whole tournament.
Sherrock had a first-round win over Ted Evetts and then defeated 11th-seed Mensur Suljovic to progress to the last 32 on Saturday.
Congratulations to @Fsherrock, who has just defeated the World No. 11 player to advance to the 3rd round of the #WorldDartsChampionship! Earlier this week, she became the 1st woman in history to win a match in the championship! #Gamechanger https://t.co/qsbrt6VxWT— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) December 21, 2019
Sherrock wasn’t always a darts phenomenon. The 25-year-old only took up the sport when she was 17, after leaving her career as a hairdresser. Seen as a solid player for years, she emerged in 2019 as a stand-out player. Now, with her PDC World Championship wins, all eyes are on Sherrock.
Really buzzing now.... ! I have done it again.. !😳😳 OMG pic.twitter.com/TOlaNWgkhR— Fallon Sherrock (@Fsherrock) December 21, 2019
“It hasn’t all sunk in yet,” she told BBC Radio 5 Live. “I haven’t had time to process the first game let alone this game. Then the fact that all these people are tweeting me, especially Billie Jean King. Oh my god, I never thought someone like that would be contacting me or congratulating me or anything like that.”
“I mean, this is me. I’m just a normal person. This stuff doesn’t happen to me, but it’s incredible and I’m loving it.”
In the past, Sherrock has spoken about being harassed on social media when she suffered a kidney condition following childbirth in 2014, which sometimes causes her face to swell. She is also outspoken about the need for women to receive more opportunities to play against men: “Us women, we can beat these men. We just need more opportunities to prove ourselves.”
Sherrock faces No. 22 seed Chris Dobey in the third round on Friday. The tournament final is scheduled for January 1. Sherrock said she hoped to go on and win the tournament and the $650,000 prize: “Why not? The possibilities are endless now.”