Fallon Sherrock will enjoy further global super-stardom in 2020 after accepting an invitation to compete in all six PDC World Series events next year.
The 25-year-old had been included in the provisional field for the 2020 US Darts Masters after her historic triumph over Ted Evetts in the first round of this year’s PDC World Championship, before she then caused another sensation by dumping out 11th seed Mensur Suljovic.
Sherrock’s fairy-tale run was curtailed in the third round by Chris Dobey on Friday but the former Lakeside finalist acquitted herself superbly; averaging over 90, landing eight maximums and converting three ton-plus checkouts as she succumbed 4-2 to an impressive ‘Hollywood’.
Sherrock’s performances made waves across the globe and generated unprecedented media coverage for the sport and the women’s game in particular, with Tennis Icon Billie Jean King among those following Sherrock’s progress at Alexandra Palace.
The Milton Keynes ace has subsequently been included for the remaining five international World Series of Darts events, to be held in Copenhagen, Germany, New Zealand and the double-header in Australia.
“I’m so excited to be given this opportunity and I can’t wait to play on the World Series next year,” said Sherrock. “Being included in just the US Darts Masters was amazing enough but to now be able to go worldwide is something I could only dream of.
“The last week or so has been incredible for me and the reaction I’ve received from around the world has been crazy. I’ve loved every minute of it and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
“I want to keep improving my game and the World Series will be another chance for me to show what I can do. I’m really grateful for the opportunity and I hope I can carry on where I left off in the World Championship.”
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said: “Fallon has represented women’s darts magnificently at the World Championship and we’re delighted to give her a global stage to compete on now in the World Series of Darts.
“We remain committed to furthering opportunities for female players and Fallon’s achievements put her at the forefront of this. She has acquitted herself superbly and we can’t wait for her to be a part of the World Series this year.”
The 2020 World Series roadshow will begin with the US Masters on June 4-5, as eight PDC stars lock horns with eight North American qualifiers when Madison Square Garden hosts a darts event for the very first time.
The inaugural Nordic Darts Masters will then be held at Forum Copenhagen on June 12-13 as Denmark hosts a brand new World Series of Darts event. The NZ Darts Masters will also return to Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena for the second straight year on August 21-22.
There will also be three additional events held – the traditional double-header in Australia and the German Darts Masters, although dates and details for those respective events will be confirmed in due course.
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