Sherrock lands blow for women with world championship win

FILE PHOTO: 2016 World Professional Darts Championships
FILE PHOTO: 2016 World Professional Darts Championships

LONDON (Reuters) - Darts history was made at the PDC World Championship when Fallon Sherrock became the first woman to win a match at the prestigious event, stunning Ted Evetts 3-2 at London's Alexandra Palace on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old trailed 2-1 but hit back to seal victory, landing six 180s with a 91.12 average.

When her dart landed in the double 18 to finish, the typically festive crowd produced the biggest roar of the tournament so far.

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"I have proved that we can play the men and can beat them," the 25-year-old Englishwoman, a 2,000-1 title shot, said.

Sherrock was one of two women to qualify for the tournament featuring 96 players. The other, Japan's Mikuru Suzuki, took James Richardson to a deciding leg before losing 3-2 on Sunday.

Sherrock faces Austrian Mensur Suljovic in the second round.

"I feel really happy because I have made something for women's darts," she said. "I can't believe it. To do that on the biggest stage, wow. I am so happy that I can continue."


(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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