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Fallon Sherrock seals inaugural Women’s World Matchplay title

Fallon Sherrock “excited” by Beau Greaves’ Women’s Series arrival

Jamie Shaw in PDC Women's Series 27 Jul 2022
Sherrock makes her way to the stage (Photo by Taylor Lanning/PDC)

Fallon Sherrock admits she is relishing the prospect of facing reigning World Champion Beau Greaves in the PDC Women’s Series next year.

Sherrock created a further slice of history by winning the inaugural PDC Women’s World Matchplay in Blackpool last weekend, defeating Aileen de Graaf 6-3 in the final.

As well as £10,000 in prize money, that triumph assured Sherrock of a place in November’s Grand Slam of Darts, having reached the Quarter-Finals last year.

Sherrock is currently second on the PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit behind Lisa Ashton and is also eyeing a return to Alexandra Palace for the World Championship in December.

The 28-year-old is set to be joined on the Women’s Series circuit in 2023 by 18-year-old sensation Greaves – who became the youngster-ever World Darts Champion courtesy of her Lakeside success in April.

Greaves, the current WDF Women’s number one, has dominated the circuit this season, notably adding the Dutch Open, England Open, Isle of Man Open and Welsh Open titles to her CV.

Beau Greaves lifted the women’s world title in April (Photo by Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)

Sherrock says Greaves, who has opted to fully focus on the WDF circuit in 2022, will be a welcome addition to the PDC Women’s Series next year, admitting: “I think it’s going to make us play better as well.

“All these young players coming through is going to make us play better because we know we have to up our game.

“I cannot wait to see what’s pushed against me now.

“Beau is quality now, imagine next year when she’s got all the experience from the WDF?

“She’s already World Champion, imagine how many other people she’s going to be able to push?

“It’ll be exciting to see where Beau finishes at the Women’s Series next year.”

The Women’s World Matchplay was the first fully-televised women’s event to be staged by the PDC and has raised the prospect of further events, including a PDC Women’s World Championship, being held in the near future.

Sherrock, however, admits the overall strength in-depth must improve in order to create such opportunities, adding: “I think there are a few barriers that need to be crossed first.

“We’ve just got eight women now [in the World Matchplay], there are a few others but there’s still a massive gap so we do need the Women’s Series to carry on and give the other women more confidence and more professional play.

“Hopefully then in a couple of years we might be looking at that, but I genuinely think it’s not far off, we just need to boost all the other women’s confidence because that’s what is lacking.

“Hopefully, instead of seeing us on the odd occasion, you’ll see us more regularly, hitting 90-100 averages. We can do it, we just need more opportunities to prove ourselves and get the confidence.”

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