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Fallon Sherrock withdraws from WDF World Championship for a second time

Jamie Shaw in WDF Darts 18 Mar 2022
Sherrock will not be heading to Lakeside in April (Photo by Steve Welsh/PDC)

Fallon Sherrock has withdrawn from the WDF World Championship for a second time, a statement from her management confirmed.

Sherrock initially declined an invitation last December when the inaugural WDF World Championship was due to be held in January.

However, she accepted a second invitation last week after it was confirmed that Russian players were unable to compete, thus ruling out Anastasia Dobromyslova and Elena Shulgina.

Just days later, though, Sherrock has again pulled out of the competition, with no specific reason given for the decision.

A statement from her management MODUS, read: “We are saddened to advise that Fallon Sherrock will not be participating in the WDF Lakeside World Championship in April.

“This is by no means a reflection on the WDF. We would like to thank them for the original invitation and wish them well with their tournament.”

Sherrock will be replaced in the women’s draw by Priscilla Steenbergen from the Netherlands – the highest ranked WDF player at the end of 2021 not already qualified.

Steenbergen will take on Canada’s Darlene van Sleeuwen in Round One, while Corrine Hammond now awaits the winner of the tie between Paula Jacklin and Rhian O’Sullivan in Round Two.

Sherrock lost out to Steve Beaton on her return to Alexandra Palace in December and failed to gain a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School in January.

She picked up one of the four available PDC Women’s Series titles last weekend and looked set to make her televised return at Lakeside, but her latest withdrawal comes as another blow to the event organisers.

The tournament, which takes place from April 2-10, marks the sport’s televised return to Lakeside for the first time since 2019 – when the BDO hosted its penultimate World Championship before being liquidated the following year.

The men’s event will incorporate a prize fund of £200,000, with £50,000 on offer to the winner, while the women’s event features a total prize fund of £87,500, with a £25,000 top prize up for grabs.



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