Fallon Sherrock and Mikuru Suzuki will bid to build upon their impressive displays at this year’s PDC World Championship when they compete in next month’s PDC Qualifying School.
Sherrock made history at Alexandra Palace by becoming the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championship – defeating Development Tour winner Ted Evetts before sensationally dumping out 11th seed Mensur Suljovic.
Her campaign came to a close on Friday afternoon – Chris Dobey running out a 4-2 winner in a quality contest. Sherrock averaged over 90, crashed in eight maximums and landed three ton-plus finishes, yet Dobey’s prolific scoring paid dividends, with ‘Hollywood’ boasting an average of over 101.
Suzuki came agonisingly close to creating history herself. Prior to Sherrock’s tie against Evetts, the Japanese star was edged out in a last-leg decider by James Richardson, firing in three ton-plus checkouts and recovering from two sets down to give ‘Ruthless’ an almighty scare.
However, Sherrock’s exploits have broken new ground for the women’s game, providing the sport with unprecedented media coverage in the process. Tennis icon Billie Jean King was following Sherrock’s progress throughout and her performances have made waves worldwide.
The 25-year-old will begin her BDO World Championship campaign next weekend but she’s already set her sights on creating further history – confirming after her wins over Evetts and Suljovic that she will be attending Qualifying School in January.
The former Lakeside finalist also featured in Wigan last year but was unsuccessful in her attempt to secure a PDC Tour Card, although with such valuable experience under her belt, she’ll be hoping to become the first woman to claim a place on the Pro Tour circuit via Q School.
Four-time women’s world champion Lisa Ashton came within touching distance of doing so 12 months ago – ‘The Lancashire Rose’ was one win away from clinching a Tour Card via the Q School Order of Merit and she’s expected to be in attendance again this year.
Suzuki – who lifted the BDO World Championship title on debut in January, did not enter Qualifying School earlier this year, although Nevada Sports Management confirmed via social media that ‘Miracle’ will be competing in 2020.
“We are delighted to announce that BDO Ladies World Champion Mikuru Suzuki will compete in PDC Q School next month. Nevada are proud to be part of the exciting new era for the sport and congratulate both Mikuru and Fallon on their Ally Pally displays.”
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the British Darts Organisation’s future, there are expected to be a record number of entries at Q School, with the legendary Deta Hedman and former Lakeside finalists Lorraine Winstanley and Corrine Hammond expected to return.
Three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova enjoyed a brief spell on the PDC circuit a decade ago and the 35-year-old reached the last 32 stage at Qualifying School 12 months ago, although it’s not been confirmed as to whether Dobromyslova will be vying for a Tour Card in 2020.
Another potential entrant is 15-year-old sensation Beau Greaves. Greaves will make her BDO World Championship debut next month and will turn 16 during the tournament at the Indigo O2, which ensures that she would be eligible to compete at Qualifying School.
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