What’s next for Fallon Sherrock after her unprecedented World Darts Championship exploits?
Three thousand spectators erupted into a joyous roar at the William Hill World Darts Championship as a women defeated a man on the Alexandra Palace stage for the second time in a matter of days.
In embarking on an unprecedented route, Fallon Sherrock simply stunned both Ted Evetts and world number eleven Mensur Suljovic in a Christmas period that she could have only dreamed of.
SHERROCK HAS DONE IT AGAIN!!!
She beats Mensur Suljovic 3-1 to repeat history and book her place in the Third Round.
INCREDIBLE SCENES!!! pic.twitter.com/jXhQNuBSk8
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 21, 2019
Her mesmerising run came to a close last Friday afternoon as World Grand Prix semi-finalist Chris Dobey ousted the former BDO World Championship finalist.
Dobey battled back from 1-0 and 2-1 behind, averaging over 101 and pinning eleven maximums in what was arguably his career-best televised performance – one that was needed to defeat an inspired Sherrock.
She captured the hearts of many across the globe, including the six-time Wimbledon tennis champion Billie Jean King, as well as inspiring a new generation of women and girls to pick up a set of arrows.
— Carl Smith (@Carl_Smith27) January 1, 2020
The Queen of the Palace trousered her biggest payday as a darter, picking up £25,000 thanks to her exploits in north London, but what comes next for the 25-year-old?
Sherrock was preparing for her seventh BDO Women’s World Championship appearance, five years after reaching the final – where she denied Canada’s Maria Mason, Aileen de Graaf and former champion Anastasia Dobromyslova along the way.
The Milton Keynes-based ace withdrew from the prestigious tournament as a result of the prize money being drastically reduced.
The £25,000 she pocketed thanks to her two wins at Alexandra Palace equates as almost three times the amount she would have received for the winning the Indigo at the O2 event.
After becoming a global sensation in the darting world, Sherrock was due to take on Corrine Hammond in the first round for the third successive year, though, her decision to drop out “took many factors into consideration, including unexpected changes to the event”.
“This is just the start”
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 27, 2019
Sherrock will now instead be gearing up for her second visit to PDC Qualifying School in mid January, in which she attempts to become the first women since 2011 to acquire a PDC tour card.
If she was to reign victorious at Q School, she would more than likely have a stack of added opportunities waiting for her, including a spot at the UK Open in March.
On the other hand, if she was to fall short of a place on the professional circuit, she would have the PDC Challenge Tour to contend with, as well as the World Series of Darts and her one-night only Premier League berth.
👑 THE QUEEN HAS ARRIVED 👑
Incredible noise here as the Ally Pally crowd welcome Fallon Sherrock to the stage! pic.twitter.com/uUb5hQYp1g
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) December 27, 2019
Sherrock will take to the 10,000-capacity Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham on February 13 as part of the Unibet Premier League, playing one of the nine elite of world darts.
Her Nottingham guise will be followed by an international voyage as she provides a boost to the promotion of the sport, visiting America, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Australia during the World Series of Darts.
She will be banded together in embarking on a global pilgrimage by the likes of the champion of the world Peter Wright, world number one Michael van Gerwen and two-time world champion Gary Anderson.
Subsequently, following a year of travelling across the world from Las Vegas to Melbourne, Sherrock will return to the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan – if she doesn’t earn her place at the 2021 World Darts Championship via other possible avenues beforehand of course.
That exact venue, located just seconds away from the home of Wigan Athletic Football Club, was where Sherrock’s dream Alexandra Palace run began.
99 average from Fallon Sherrock as she whitewashes Lisa Brosnan 6-0 to become the first player through to the semi-finals. Fallon means business!
— Weekly Dartscast (@WeeklyDartscast) November 25, 2019
The 25-year-old averaged 99 in whitewashing Lisa Brosnan, before recording another 90-plus average in seeing off three-time world champion Lisa Ashton.
Sherrock’s decade will commence in the coming weeks at that very same sports centre also. If she does win a PDC tour card, the former World Trophy champion will without a shadow of doubt become recognised as a real threat in world darts, if she hasn’t done so already.
Fallon is currently walking through a wonderland, a Sherrock wonderland as the Ally Pally crowd would voice.
Thank you 😊 pic.twitter.com/e60WWSkrvQ
— Fallon Sherrock (@Fsherrock) December 27, 2019
Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC