Darts News: Fallon Sherrock lost 6-1 to American Danny Lauby in Milton Keynes to start the final level of PDC Q-School.
The ‘Queen of the Palace’ is attempting to become only the second woman to win a PDC Tour Card and join the 128-strong Pro Tour, following Lisa Ashton in 2020.
Sherrock was one of 128 players fighting for 32 spots, and her first match was against 29-year-old Lauby, but she lost badly and missed her first chance to qualify.
The event’s final stage runs from January 12 to 15, and Sherrock will be back on Thursday with another chance.
Danny Lauby beats Fallon Sherrock 6-1 in his opening game, posting an impressive 97.21 average.
Josh Rock (97.73) with the highest of the day so far, beating Robert Rickwood 6-2
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) January 12, 2022
With a 5-2 victory over Wes Newton on Tuesday, Sherrock ensured his place in the final stage.
It was do-or-die for Sherrock after a first-round loss on Sunday, followed by a loss in her third match on Monday. She knew she needed huge performances on Tuesday or she would be eliminated.
The 27-year-old began with a 5-0 thrashing of Robert Whybrew, then went on to overcome Kevin Lane 5-1 before defeating ‘The Warrior’ Newton in a win that ensured she would advance to the Second Stage Order of Merit. Scott Marsh beat her in a last-leg decider at the last-32 stage, putting a stop to her journey.
From January 9 to 15, over 650 players will compete in the 2022 PDC Qualifying Schools, with 32 Tour Cards up for grabs for those looking to secure a seat on the PDC tour in 2022 and 2023.
The tournaments are held in two locations in Germany: Milton Keynes and Niedernhausen.
The first stage was held from January 9 to 11, and 128 players advanced to the final stage.
Eight players each day qualified automatically, with the remaining spots going to players from each region’s First Stage Order of Merit.
From January 12-15, a total of 32 PDC Tour Cards will be on offer, with each of the daily winners in the UK and Europe winning an automatic Tour Card.
The remaining 24 Tour Cards will be distributed to players from the UK and European Q School Final Stage Orders of Merit, with the total number of players in each area being divided pro-rata.
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