Fallon Sherrock withdraws from inaugural WDF World Championship for a second time

Fallon Sherrock has withdrawn from the inaugural WDF World Championship for a second time, her management team have confirmed.

‘The Queen of the Palace’ initially declined an invitation last December when the tournament was originally scheduled to take place in January, as she focused her sights on PDC Qualifying School.

However, following the news that Russian players were unable to compete in this year’s showpiece, Sherrock accepted another invitation last week, replacing three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova in the women’s draw.

Despite this, Sherrock’s management MODUS issued a statement on Wednesday evening, revealing that the 27-year-old would not be featuring in next month’s event.

“We are saddened to advise that Fallon Sherrock will not be participating in the WDF Lakeside World Championship in April. This is by no means a reflection on the WDF. We would like to thank them for the original invitation and wish them well with their tournament,” the statement read.

The Milton Keynes ace will be replaced in the draw by Netherlands’ Priscilla Steenbergen, who plays Canada’s Darlene van Sleeuwen in her opener, while 2017 runner-up Corrine Hammond now awaits the winner of the clash between Paula Jacklin and Rhian O’Sullivan in round two.

The tournament takes place from April 2-10, marking the sport’s televised return to Lakeside for the first time since 2019, although Sherrock’s absence will be a significant blow to the event, with four-time women’s world champion Lisa Ashton also not eligible to compete.

Sherrock – a Grand Slam quarter-finalist in November – was unable to secure a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January, but she is poised to make her televised return at the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay.

The top eight on the Women’s Series Order of Merit after 12 events will qualify for July’s extravaganza at the Winter Gardens, and after scooping one of the four titles available in Barnsley last weekend, Sherrock occupies second spot on the Order of Merit, following Ashton’s hat-trick of successes.

Image Credit: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

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