“Women can play against men and beat them.” – During the Darts World Championship, Sherrock became a pioneer in this sport by pursuing her dream.
The world of darts has evolved a lot, not only in terms of mixing. Originally, darts were a form of entertainment in bars. In recent years, it has become a real competition, and amateurs have been able to play darts online, betting on darts events, watching tournament broadcasts, etc.
One game for History
The 25-year-old Englishwoman became the first woman to win a darts world championship match against a man on Tuesday night in London. She’s making history in her sport becoming the first woman to dominate a man in a Darts World Championship match this week, Fallon Sherrock extended her incredible adventure this weekend and dreams of knocking down one wall after another in a very masculine discipline.
The world of darts is at the dawn of a new era. The revolution is underway, and Fallon Sherrock is the embodiment of it. The 25-year-old young woman is the standard-bearer of her generation and made history in her sport. The former hairdresser, still determined to assert the rightful place of women in this very masculine environment, did it again this weekend against the world’s 11th-ranked player, 47-year-old Mensur Suljovic, to advance to the third round of the world professional darts championship (PDC for Professionnal Darts Corporation).
Fallon Sherrock broke a glass ceiling. The name doesn’t mean anything to you but this English woman is the first woman to win a darts match at the “men’s” World Championships in this very Anglo-Saxon discipline which has been mixed since 2001. Since her victory on Tuesday, the video footage of her victory has gone viral on the networks has been seen nearly a million times. The young woman won her match against Ted Evetts 3-2 after a tense duel like in a chess game. But to say the least, the crowd at London’s Alexandra Palace exploded after her last winning dart.
“I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say,” said the dart shooter, very moved on stage after this concert of singing and shouting. “I’m really happy because I proved something for women’s darts, that women can play against men and beat them, so we must keep our fingers crossed, it’s a step in the right direction. I’m over the moon, I can’t believe it! “she repeated after her victory.
The Buckinghamshire-born Englishwoman was honoured by the country’s most-watched morning show, Good Morning Britain, and played a game with Piers Morgan, one of its hosts, who is a celebrity across the Channel. She beat him, of course.
Only one victory in 15 years!
The women had a revenge to take. To get an idea of the magnitude of the achievement, the very first woman to compete in the men’s draw at the World Championships was Gayl King from Canada. She had been dominated in her meet and lost in the first round in 2001. After her, we had to wait until 2009 to see the second woman to do such a tournament, Anastasia Dobromyslova. She failed last year, when two women out of the 96 participants were allowed to compete for the first time. Both qualified, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton were knocked out in the first round. Women’s world number one Lisa Ashton lost 3-1 to Jan Dekker, and Russia’s Anastasia Dobromyslova was defeated 3-0 by Ryan Joyce.
This year, in 2019, Fallon Sherrock, whose twin sister Felicia also plays, earned her spot in this competition by winning the women’s qualifying event in the United Kingdom and Ireland and was able to seize her chance. She has won over £65,000, 76,000 Euros, since the start of her career.
Among her colleagues, Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki, who accompanied her to the trials, had won the BDO Women’s World Title in January and came out victorious in the qualifiers for the rest of the world. Weary, she finally failed to break the famous glass ceiling and lost in the first round against James Richardson in a match that ended in sudden death on Sunday. The defeat of the latter, instead of bringing down Sherrock, gave her extra motivation. The rest you know.
“I’ve proven that we, the women, can beat anyone. I just beat two of the best players in the world,” she congratulated herself. To realize the importance of this victory, we have to keep in mind that the PDC World Championships have been mixed since 2001. Farron Sherrock is only the fifth woman to qualify for the main draw since the emergence of the pioneers, whose path she has followed.
The dream continues
The feat is all the more tasty for the young English girl from Buckinghamshire, as it has the value of revenge. Fallon Sherrock fell ill after the birth of her son Rory in 2014 – she still suffers from kidney problems – so she has received medical treatment that has caused her face to swell, prompting taunts from internet users and followers alike, who are convinced she will never be able to equal the men in the biggest competitions
Under the spotlight now, the vice-champion of the women’s world in 2015 (of the championship organized by the British Darts Organization), can dare anything, and even venture to dream of a title in these PDC world championships. Barry Hearn, promoter of sporting events in England and president of the Professional Darts Corporation, said she has been selected to compete in the US Darts Masters 2020 in New York (a prestigious stop on the World Series of Darts) on next June 5 and 6. For Fallon Sherrock, the dream continues.
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