Darts News: What’s in store for dashing superstar Fallon Sherrock in 2022?

Darts News: What’s in store for dashing superstar Fallon Sherrock in 2022?
Source: Skysports

Darts News: Fallon Sherrock continued to rock the darting world with a record-breaking 2021 campaign, but what does 2022 have in store for The Queen of the Palace as she prepares to embark on a pivotal 12 months?

Sherrock became a darting celebrity almost overnight at the 2020 World Championship, becoming the first woman to defeat a man at Alexandra Palace, edging out Ted Evetts before upsetting 11th seed Mensur Suljovic to advance to the third round.

Despite the fact that the coronavirus epidemic threatened to halt her progress, she continued to smash the glass ceiling in 2021 with a series of spectacular performances.

On her World Series debut, the 27-year-old reached the final of the Nordic Darts Masters, pulling off an incredible comeback to beat Dimitri Van den Bergh in the semi-finals before losing 11-7 to Michael van Gerwen in the final.

Sherrock also had a fantastic Grand Slam debut, becoming the first woman to reach a major PDC ranking quarter-final, setting a new television record for the highest average by a female player, and converting a breathtaking 170 finish against Gabriel Clemens to advance to the knockout stages.

Her performances in Wolverhampton meant that two victories at the World Championship should have been enough to secure a PDC Tour Card for the 2022 season, but her dreams were dashed after a 3-2 loss to veteran Steve Beaton on her Ally.

Sherrock now has her sights set on PDC Qualifying School this weekend in the hopes of securing a position on the professional circuit, following in the footsteps of Lisa Ashton, a four-time women’s world champion who did so two years ago.

“Fallon needs to get a Tour Card, and if she can accomplish that, which I don’t see why she can’t, she’ll be one of the best at Q-School,” argues Sky Sports’ Wayne Mardle, despite the fact that the competition is fierce.

“That would give her a chance to qualify for major events, but as a first-year Tour Cardholder, getting into events like the Matchplay would be difficult since you’re effectively a year behind on the Pro Tour Order of Merit rankings.”

If Sherrock succeeds at Q School, the UK Open in March will be his first major tournament as a Tour Card holder, with World Matchplay and World Grand Prix qualification possibilities.

If she doesn’t make the cut, the former Lakeside finalist can still compete on the Challenge Tour, which is the PDC’s second tier.

The 27-year-old is scheduled to headline the enlarged PDC Women’s Series, which will feature 20 tournaments in 2021, with Grand Slam and World Championship qualification positions available regardless of her Tour Card status.

Sherrock could also compete in the World Series in 2022, after being chosen to compete in the US Masters in Madison Square Garden, New York, prior to Covid-19.

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