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Beau Greaves secures PDC World Championship debut after astonishing eight straight Women’s Series titles

Fallon Sherrock admits: “I’m not welcome with the women anymore” after becoming target of ‘hate’

Jamie Shaw in PDC Women's Series 14 Nov 2022
Sherrock looks on (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Fallon Sherrock says she is “not welcome with the women anymore” and is determined to secure a place on the main PDC circuit.

Sherrock made history by reaching the Third Round of the PDC World Championship in 2019, becoming the first female to beat a man in the sport’s most prestigious event and blazing the trail for a new era of women’s darts.

She has since featured heavily in the World Series of Darts and became the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay champion in Blackpool earlier this year.

However, Sherrock’s remarkable rise to prominence has come at a cost, making her a target for online abuse, as well as being ostracised by fellow players at the PDC Women’s Series.

“It doesn’t matter what I do, I am still going to get hate,” said Sherrock. “I could be the best person in the world and I still get hate or I could do everything wrong and still get it.

“I am at a point now where I am like, ‘If you are going to hate me, hate me’.

“I’m not going to beat around the bush, I even get it with players now and I genuinely don’t care anymore. I am at a point where I don’t care what anyone does or says to me.

“It’s mostly the women, I’m not welcome with the women much anymore, I learned that last weekend in Wigan.

“I want to try and better myself so I have more opportunity playing on the PDC side with the men, so hopefully I can perform better and improve.

“I feel what me and Lisa have done for the sport, I don’t think they realise how much we have helped.

“It’s not like they should say thank you, but they genuinely don’t care and they are all against us, they cheer against us and it’s just not a very nice environment.”

Sherrock recalled an incident at the Women’s Series at Wigan last weekend, where the ‘best of order’ was broken from the spectators behind the curtain during a final against Beau Greaves.

Greaves landed a pivotal 148 checkout to level the game at three-all, prompting a raucous cheer from other players and guests, and after losing her composure, Sherrock went on to lose 5-3.

WDF World Champion Greaves went on to clinch second spot in the Women’s Series Order of Merit and a place in December’s World Championship at the expense of Sherrock.

“It should be best of order at these events,” admitted Sherrock. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s all run perfectly – the PDC run it so well.

“I just remember playing that final against Beau, but that roar after her 148. After the match I walked out and could see everyone barring people that were sat on my table watching and cheering and I just thought, ‘Do you know what, you should support everyone in the room if they play well’.

“I get it all the time, I don’t know why I’m not used to it by now.

“I did let the atmosphere get to me, I should be more professional around it all, I shouldn’t let it get to me, but me and Lisa have done so much, it wasn’t even the end of the game.

“I could understand if it was the end of the game. It was literally all the room.

“It makes me more determined and encourages me to do better because I want to push the game as far as I can and make a good living for me and my little boy and that is the only thing I have in my mindset.

“I want to raise awareness for women to play in sport and things like that so the more I can do for it then brilliant, but at the moment I am just focused on doing myself and my little boy proud.”

Sherrock is set to return to Qualifying School in January in a latest attempt to earn a coveted two-year PDC Tour Card.

She has racked up ten PDC Women’s Series titles since 2020, including three this year, and though Greaves has claimed an astonishing eight titles in a row, the 28-year-old insists there is animosity between the pair.

“Beau is a really good player, she can be as good as she wants to be in herself,” added Sherrock.

I don’t know her that well, I will say ‘hi’ to her. Genuinely I think she is a great asset to the sport and she can excel as high as she wants to go.

“I’m all up for that because it means that it is not all on me and I am not going to get all of the hate.”

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