Ted Evetts has hailed Fallon Sherrock as “utter class” following his shock defeat at the World Darts Championship and admits the result was solely down to his own mistakes.
Evetts twice squandered a one set lead in an eventual 3-2 defeat at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday as Sherrock became the first female ever to win a match in a PDC World Championship.
The former Women’s world finalist produced the performance of her career as she landed six 180s and two ton-plus checkouts to set up a Second Round show-down with Mensur Suljovic.
Evetts, who dominated the PDC Development Tour this season, was subjected to a third consecutive First Round exit at Ally Pally, but despite a one-sided crowd in favour of his opponent, says he can have no complaints over the result.
“I can’t take anything away from her, as much disappointment as there is in myself, all I can say is well done to Fallon,” said Evetts. “She deserves every bit of praise she gets.
“In patches I was really good but even in my good patches she was keeping up with me, she showed utter class.
“I can’t use the crowd as an excuse, it just comes down to my own bottle really, nothing to do with anything else.
“Unfortunately I was on the wrong side of history tonight.
“It was always only a matter of time because it’s a gender-less sport, it was originally a pub game and it’s so much more than that now.
“It’s about time a female has done it and I’m happy for Fallon because she’s a great girl.
“Fallon, Lisa [Ashton] and Mikuru [Suzuki], they all belong in the PDC.
“They enjoy the loud crowds and the atmosphere so get them in.”
Evetts picked up no fewer than eight Development Tour titles to add to his two Challenge Tour triumphs in 2018 and will compete on the main tour full-time next season.
The 22-year-old admits his shock exit in the sport’s show-piece marks a disappointing end to an otherwise superb season, adding: “It’s been my best year to date by an absolute mile.
“Previously to this year I’d won four Development Tours and that’s with playing every single weekend.
“This year I’ve only turned up to a few weekends and won eight events.
“The year has had its ups and downs, the back end of the year since August has been more of a down than an up.
“I made a great start but it’s a disappointing end in my opinion.
“I’m more than happy with my progression, I’m just waiting for that extra little something to push me up.”