Fallon Sherrock will feature at next month’s UK Open in Minehead after coming through a field of over 200 players to claim victory in the Rileys Amateur Qualifier in Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.
Sherrock created darting history by becoming the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championship in December – her wins over Ted Evetts and world No 11 Mensur Suljovic generated unprecedented media coverage and parachuted Sherrock firmly into the spotlight.
The 25-year-old subsequently received wildcard invitations for all six World Series events this year and she will also appear as a ‘Challenger’ in the 2020 Premier League in Nottingham in just under a fortnight, when she pits her wits against three-time BDO world champion Glen Durrant.
Nevertheless, away from the bright lights of Alexandra Palace, Sherrock created more headlines by coming through a field of 204 players in Wolverhampton, featuring a number of former PDC Tour Card Holders who were all bidding to seal their spots in the coveted ‘FA Cup of Darts’.
One of her most notable victories saw her whitewash James Richardson, who ironically edged out Mikuru Suzuki in a last-leg decider at the recent PDC World Championship. ‘Ruthless’ relinquished his Tour Card following this year’s showpiece and he was thrashed 4-0 by the Milton Keynes ace.
Sherrock defeated another former Tour Card holder in the last four, easing past the veteran Paul Rowley 4-1 to set up a winner-takes-all clash against former UK Open qualifier Stuart White, who defeated Adam Smith-Neale’s conqueror Ant Allen in the other semi-final.
White drew first blood in the final after winning the bullseye, yet Sherrock responded by reeling off five consecutive legs to complete a resounding 5-1 success and book her place in next month’s Butlin’s bonanza.
The former Lakeside finalist was in fine form throughout the course of the day, having earlier battled past Rich Cosey 4-2 before whitewashing Nik Bloor 4-0 to set up her quarter-final showdown against Richardson – who enjoyed a run to the last 16 of the World Championship two years ago.
Former Players Championship Finals winner Kevin Painter and 2018 World Masters champion Adam Smith-Neale were just two of the high-profile names who were denied qualification, which further illustrates the significance of Sherrock’s achievements.
Sherrock will enter the tournament at the first round stage as one of the 16 amateur qualifiers, where she will be joined by PDC Tour Card holders and Challenge Tour qualifiers in the early stages of the unique 160-player open-draw event.
Deta Hedman and Anastasia Dobromyslova have previously featured in the UK Open since its inception in 2003, although this year will mark the first time that two women have competed in the same tournament since the inaugural staging, where Hedman and Crissy Manley participated.
Sherrock will do battle alongside four-time women’s world champion Lisa Ashton from March 6-8, after ‘The Lancashire Rose’ qualified automatically by virtue of her ground-breaking success at PDC Qualifying School last month.
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