Sherrock wants more opportunities for women after best experience of her life

Fallon Sherrock wants more opportunities for women in the PDC World Championship and hailed the experience as the best of her life.

The 25-year-old’s fairytale run came to an end in a 4-2 defeat to Chris Dobey in front of a raucous crowd at Alexandra Palace on Friday, with the 22nd seed forced to use earplugs in an attempt to drown out the support for Sherrock.

“I’d love to come back here, this is probably the best experience that I’ve ever had,” Sherrock said.

William Hill World Championship – Day Twelve – Alexandra Palace
Fallon Sherrock after she was beaten by Chris Dobey at Alexandra Palace (Tess Derry/PA)

“I feel so confident up there, so comfortable, the most comfortable I have ever played on a stage. I loved every minute of it.

“It’s the atmosphere, how big it is, for some reason my game is better here. It felt so good.”

When asked whether she would like more places for women at next year’s World Championship, she said: “Yeah obviously because that gives me a bit more of an opportunity to qualify, so maybe if there was four or something – two from the UK and Ireland then that gives me a more of an opportunity to qualify as well.”

Sherrock became the first woman to win a match at the tournament on December 17 when beating Ted Evetts and followed it up with a shock victory over world number 11 Mensur Suljovic, but insisted she never felt overwhelmed.

William Hill World Championship – Day Twelve – Alexandra Palace
Fallon Sherrock during her match against Chris Dobey (Tess Derry/PA)

The former mobile hairdresser, who has a five-year-old autistic son, has been the breakout star of the championships, but will face a gruelling challenge if she wants to win a PDC Tour Card and play on the tour full-time.

Sherrock is proud of her place in the sport’s history and what could follow for women in darts.

When asked what would be her best moment of the tournament, she said: “Probably when I made history, because no one can take that away from me.

“I’ve definitely started something off and when I look back I’m going to be like ‘yes, I helped do – whatever is going to happen – I helped achieve that’ and that’s made me so proud that I’ve helped the game come on.

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