Fallon Sherrock seals inaugural Women’s World Matchplay title

Fallon Sherrock secured the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay title courtesy of a 6-3 win over Aileen de Graaf in the final in Blackpool on Sunday.

Sherrock created a further slice of history by winning the first fully-televised PDC women’s title at the Winter Gardens, claiming the £10,000 top prize and a place in November’s Grand Slam.

The 27-year-old also defeated Katie Sheldon and Lorraine Winstanley to prevail in the eight-player event, comprised of the top eight ranked players from the PDC Women’s Series.

De Graaf looked set to defy the odds after opening up a 3-2 lead in the final, only for Sherrock to reel off four straight legs in the latter stages to write another famous chapter in her darting story.

De Graaf converted a classy 100 combination to draw first blood, but Sherrock responded strongly, following up a 17-dart riposte with an 86 checkout via double seven to move 2-1 ahead.

The Queen of the Palace appeared poised to extend her lead after crashing in the first maximum of the contest, although she was punished for squandering six darts at double as De Graaf levelled.

The fourth seed continued her clinical combination finishing to edge 3-2 ahead, only for Sherrock to follow up a second 180 with a brilliant 142 checkout to restore parity at three apiece.

Sherrock was beginning to dominate the scoring phase, claiming a crucial break of throw in leg seven, before following up back-to-back 140s with a two-dart 66 finish to complete a 14-dart hold and move a leg away from glory.

De Graaf was unable to prolong the contest with a 120 skin-saver and Sherrock required no further invitation, producing a superb 85 checkout via double five to seal the deal.

“I think I’m getting used to this history-making thing!” joked Sherrock. “It feels so good to have won this title and be the first name on the trophy.

“I think all the women put up a really good performance. I think that’s what we needed, and hopefully we can progress from there.

“Aileen is always a tough player to face. She never gives up, she’s always there to pounce.

“I’ve had some great games against Aileen in the Women’s Series, and she was great today as well.

“It’s only just beginning. It’s only going to grow from here.

“We have the Women’s World Matchplay guaranteed for next year, which will hopefully encourage more women to come and play in the Women’s Series.

“It is only a stepping stone, so hopefully we can carry on producing and make this massive.”

Earlier in the afternoon, Sherrock survived a scare against 18-year-old sensation Sheldon, recovering from 2-1 behind to book her spot in the semi-finals.

The Irish teenager converted 86 and 74 checkout in successive legs to stun the second seed, but Sherrock responded with a 113 finish in leg five, reeling off the last three legs to progress.

The Milton Keynes ace then overcame a late wobble to see off third seed Winstanley in the last four, having spurned three darts at double for a whitewash win.

Sherrock started brilliantly to storm into a 4-0 lead, and although Winstanley fought back to halve the deficit, the 27-year-old fired in the tournament’s first 180 before wrapping up victory with her seventh match dart.

De Graaf – a four-time TV title winner – was unable to claim the £10,000 top prize in a compelling contest, but she reaffirmed her credentials with a series of impressive displays.

The 32-year-old produced the performance of the quarter-finals to dispatch Laura Turner 4-1, firing in a brilliant 171 and landing two 140s to prevail with an 80.63 average.

She then dumped out top seed Lisa Ashton in a dramatic nine-leg tussle, producing some magnificent treble 19 hitting in the latter stages to close out a deciding-leg victory.

Four-time Lakeside Champion Ashton led 4-3 in a topsy-turvy affair, but De Graaf’s superior scoring power catapulted her to a landmark victory.

“It felt amazing. The audience were brilliant. It gave me goosebumps,” admitted De Graaf, who was a doubt for the tournament after suffering with illness last week.

“I have loved the experience here in Blackpool. We want to play more televised tournaments and it gives us the power to perform well and play more.”

Ashton, the winner of seven Women’s Series titles in 2022, opened her campaign with a whitewash win over Scottish teenager Chloe O’Brien, before succumbing to De Graaf in a dramatic semi-final showdown.

Elsewhere, Winstanley defied a spirited fightback from Wales’ Rhian Griffiths in the other quarter-final tussle, eventually advancing in a last-leg shoot-out.

PDC Women’s World Matchplay 2022 Results

Sunday July 24

Quarter-Finals
Lisa Ashton (1) 4-0 Chloe O’Brien (8)
Aileen de Graaf (4) 4-2 Laura Turner (5)
Fallon Sherrock (2) 4-2 Katie Sheldon (7)
Lorraine Winstanley (3) 4-3 Rhian Griffiths (6)

Semi-Finals
Lisa Ashton 4-5 Aileen De Graaf
Fallon Sherrock 5-2 Lorraine Winstanley

Final
Fallon Sherrock 6-3 Aileen de Graaf

Prize Money
Winner: £10,000
Runner-Up: £5,000
Semi-Finalists: £2,500
Quarter-Finalists: £1,250
Total: £25,000

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PDC Women’s World Matchplay 2022 | Draw, Live Scores and Schedule of Play

The inaugural Women’s World Matchplay takes place in Blackpool in 2022 and you can follow the latest results and schedule of play here.

The historic first fully-televised women’s tournament staged by the PDC will be held on Sunday July 24 at the Winter Gardens and will see eight players competing for £25,000 in prize money.

The winner will also secure a place in November’s Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton.

The field is comprised of the top eight players from the PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit following Event 12 and is headed by top seed Lisa Ashton.

The four-time Women’s World Champion has dominated the PDC Women’s Series so far this year, racking up seven titles, and has also featured on the World Seniors circuit.

Ashton is in the opposite half of the draw to Fallon Sherrock – who has three Women’s Series titles to her name this season and has featured in the World Series of Darts.

Lorraine Winstanley, who picked up her first Women’s Series title earlier this year, is the number three seed, while 2015 World Masters winner Aileen de Graaf is seeded fourth.

The field also includes England’s Laura Turner, Wales’ Rhian Griffiths, 18-year-old Irish star Katie Sheldon and Scotland’s Chloe O’Brien.

Quarter-Final matches will be contested over the best of seven legs, with Semi-Finals best of nine and the final best of 11.

Women’s World Matchplay 2022 Schedule of Play

Sunday July 24

1pm-5pm

Quarter-Finals
Lisa Ashton (1) 4-0 Chloe O’Brien (8)
Aileen de Graaf (4) 4-2 Laura Turner (5)
Fallon Sherrock (2) 4-2 Katie Sheldon (7)
Lorraine Winstanley (3) 4-3 Rhian Griffiths (6)

Semi-Finals
Lisa Ashton 4-5 Aileen De Graaf
Fallon Sherrock 5-2 Lorraine Winstanley

Final
Fallon Sherrock 6-3 Aileen de Graaf

Prize Money
Winner: £10,000
Runner-Up: £5,000
Semi-Finalists: £2,500
Quarter-Finalists: £1,250
Total: £25,000

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Field confirmed for 2022 Women’s World Matchplay

The field of players for the inaugural PDC Women’s World Matchplay has been confirmed, with eight players set to do battle in Blackpool.

The landmark £25,000 event will be the first fully-televised women’s tournament staged by the PDC, and be held on Sunday July 24 at the Winter Gardens.

Eight of the sport’s leading female stars will battle it out for the £10,000 top prize, with five different nations represented in the knockout tournament.

The field is comprised of the top eight players from the PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit following Event 12, with Lisa Ashton heading to Blackpool as the top seed.

The former PDC Tour Card holder has dominated the Women’s Series circuit in 2022, featuring in eight finals and winning seven titles, including a brace of wins in Barnsley last weekend.

Ashton will open her Matchplay campaign against Chloe O’Brien, after the Scottish teenager secured last-gasp qualification with a run to the Quarter-Finals in Sunday’s final event before the cut-off.

Fallon Sherrock, who clinched her third Women’s Series title of the season with victory at Event 11, meets emerging Irish star Katie Sheldon in another fascinating showdown.

The 18-year-old defeated Sherrock to reach her first Women’s Series final at Event Eight, having also produced a string of impressive displays on the Development Tour over recent months.

Lorraine Winstanley claimed her maiden Women’s Series title in Event Ten on Saturday, and the third seed will play Wales’ Rhian Griffiths on her PDC televised debut.

The other Quarter-Final clash pits four-time TV title winner Aileen de Graaf against Laura Turner, who will be swapping the commentary box for the big stage in Blackpool.

Mikuru Suzuki was one of several high-profile names to miss out on qualification in Barnsley, while ten-time Lakeside Champion Trina Gulliver was ruled out of last weekend’s action through illness, which curtailed her dreams of a Winter Gardens debut.

The winner of the Betfred Women’s World Matchplay will also claim a place in this year’s Grand Slam of Darts.

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Women’s World Matchplay 2022 Draw

Sunday July 24

Quarter-Finals
Lisa Ashton (1) v Chloe O’Brien (8)
Aileen de Graaf (4)  v Laura Turner (5)
Fallon Sherrock (2) v Katie Sheldon (7)
Lorraine Winstanley (3) v Rhian Griffiths (6)

PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit (Top 16 only)

Ranking Name Prize Money
1 Lisa Ashton £8,100
2 Fallon Sherrock £5,800
3 Lorraine Winstanley £3,700
4 Aileen de Graaf £3,300
5 Laura Turner £2,300
6 Rhian Griffiths £2,150
7 Katie Sheldon £1,950
8 Chloe O’Brien £1,600
9 Jane Densley £1,600
10 Rhian O’Sullivan £1,500
11 Trina Gulliver £1,450
12 Corrine Hammond £1,400
13 Joanne Locke £1,400
14 Kirsty Hutchinson £1,300
15 Robyn Byrne £1,300
16 Mikuru Suzuki £1,250

 

Women’s World Matchplay Prize Money

Winner: £10,000
Runner-Up: £5,000
Semi-Finalists: £2,500
Quarter-Finalists: £1,250
Total: £25,000

PDC to stage inaugural Women’s World Matchplay in 2022

The PDC has announced the introduction of the Women’s World Matchplay on Sunday July 24 in Blackpool.

The eight-player tournament will be held in one afternoon session at the iconic Winter Gardens during the week of the World Matchplay, with a £25,000 prize fund on offer, as well as a place in November’s Grand Slam of Darts.

The field will be comprised of the top eight players from the 2022 PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit following the first 12 events of the year.

The Women’s World Matchplay will be the first fully-televised event staged by the PDC and takes the PDC’s commitment to women’s darts to £125,000 in prize money this year.

“We’re delighted to be able to add the Betfred Women’s World Matchplay to our calendar,” said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.

“We have expanded our commitment to women’s darts in recent years following the introduction of the PDC Women’s Series, and we feel that the time is right to give these players a televised tournament.

“The Winter Gardens in Blackpool is an iconic venue which hosts top-class darts, and it’s fitting that eight top women will now get to grace the stage in July to compete in the Betfred Women’s World Matchplay, live on Sky Sports.

“This event will take our total prize fund for women’s events to £125,000 this year as we continue to create opportunities at a professional level for players across our developmental tours.”

Qualification for the Betfred Women’s World Matchplay will be based on prize money across the year’s opening 12 PDC Women’s Series events.

The opening PDC Women’s Series weekend will be staged on March 12-13 in Barnsley, with two events held per day.

The second weekend will be held on April 30-May 1 in Wigan, with the decisive third weekend taking place on June 25-26 in Barnsley.

A further two PDC Women’s Series weekends will be held on August 27-28 in Niedernhausen and on October 29-30 in Wigan, with two events taking place per day across each two-day weekend.

The 2021 PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit was won by Fallon Sherrock – who qualified alongside Lisa Ashton to compete in both the Grand Slam and World Darts Championship.

Ashton had also competed on the PDC ProTour in 2021/22 as a Tour Card Holder, while Sherrock reached the Nordic Masters final last year and both players achieved ton-plus averages in televised games.

Mikuru Suzuki also secured a Women’s Series event win last year, and both Deta Hedman and Anastasia Dobromyslova have joined Suzuki, Sherrock and Ashton in competing at the PDC World Championship in recent years.

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PDC Women’s Series 2022 Dates

Events 1-4 – March 12-13, Barnsley Matrodome
Events 5-8 – April 30-May 1, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan
Events 9-12 – June 25-26, Barnsley Metrodome
Betfred Women’s World Matchplay – July 24, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Events 13-16 – August 27-28, H+ Hotel Niedernhausen
Events 17-20 – October 29-30, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Betfred Women’s World Matchplay 2022

Sunday July 24

1pm-5pm
Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final

Prize Fund
Winner £10,000 + place in the Grand Slam of Darts
Runner-Up £5,000
Semi-Finalists £2,500 each
Quarter-Finalists £1,250 each
Total £25,000