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2022 could prove to be another important year in Fallon Sherrock’s career

Fallon Sherrock has continued to rock the darting world with a record-breaking 2021 campaign, but as it prepares to embark on 12 pivotal months, what does 2022 have in store for The Queen of the Palace?

Sherrock morphed into a rampant superstar almost overnight at the 2020 World Championships, becoming the first woman to beat a man at Alexandra Palace, beating Ted Evetts before the stunning 11th-seeded Mensur Suljovic to reach third. round.

The coronavirus pandemic threatened to derail its momentum, yet it continued to shatter the glass ceiling with a string of sublime spectacles in 2021.

The 27-year-old reached the Nordic Darts Masters final on her World Series debut, producing a stunning comeback to stun Dimitri Van den Bergh in the semifinals, before succumbing 11-7 to Michael van Gerwen in a thrilling final.

Sherrock also enjoyed a dream Grand Slam debut; becoming the first woman to reach a quarter-final on the PDC standings, recording the highest average of a female player on TV and converting a fantastic 170 milestone against Gabriel Clemens to advance to the knockout stage.

His exploits at Wolverhampton meant that two World Championship wins might have been enough to secure a PDC Tour Card for the 2022 campaign, even if those hopes were dashed after a 3-2 defeat to veteran Steve Beaton at his back with Ally Pally.

Sherrock is now aiming for PDC qualifying school this weekend as she tries to secure her place on the pro circuit, following in the footsteps of four-time women’s world champion Lisa Ashton, who joined the feat two years ago.

Ahead of this year's World Cup, Fallon Sherrock has revealed her pride in inspiring a new generation of female players

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Ahead of this year’s World Cup, Fallon Sherrock has revealed her pride in inspiring a new generation of female players

Ahead of this year’s World Cup, Fallon Sherrock has revealed her pride in inspiring a new generation of female players

“Fallon needs to get a Tour Card and if she can, and I see no reason why she can’t, even if she’s ultra-competitive, she’ll be one of the best at Q-School,” she insists. Sky Sports’ Wayne Mardle.

“This would give her a chance to qualify for the big events, but being a first-year Tour Card holder, getting into things like Matchplay would be a real chore, because you’re actually a year behind on the Pro Tour rankings order. merit “.

If successful at the Q School, March’s UK Open would be Sherrock’s first major event as a Tour Card holder, while qualifying for World Matchplay and World Grand Prix would be a possibility.

However, should he miss the opportunity, the former Lakeside finalist could still participate in the Challenge Tour, the second tier of the PDC.

Sherrock aims to become the second player to secure a PDC Tour Card through the qualifying school

Sherrock aims to become the second player to secure a PDC Tour Card through the qualifying school

The 27-year-old will star in the expanded PDC Women’s Series – with 20 events in 2021 – with qualifying spots on offer at the Grand Slam and World Championship, regardless of her Tour Card status.

Sherrock may also appear on the World Series circuit in 2022, having been originally selected to compete in the US Masters at Madison Square Garden, New York, ahead of Covid-19.

“The Queen of the Palace” might choose to ply her trade on the WDF circuit if she loses Q School, and Mardle contemplated the possibility of Sherrock being crowned world champion for the first time.

“I think if Fallon could get that first world title, it would catapult her into a different stratosphere, bearing in mind that she is behind everything that has happened,” he added.

Fallon Sherrock made Grand Slam history in November with a sensational 170 milestone, becoming the first woman to qualify for the knockout stage.

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Fallon Sherrock made Grand Slam history in November with a sensational 170 milestone, becoming the first woman to qualify for the knockout stage.

Fallon Sherrock made Grand Slam history in November with a sensational 170 milestone, becoming the first woman to qualify for the knockout stage.

“Now is the right time for her. To win four or five years ago, you would sell her as a former world champion. Selling her now as a world champion is actually quite exciting.”

Following Sherrock’s record-breaking Grand Slam campaign, culminating in a 16-13 defeat to newly crowned world champion Peter Wright, Sherrock’s inclusion in the 2022 Premier League has been called for in some quarters.

The line-up for this year’s roadshow has yet to be announced, although his opening-round defeat to Beaton at Alexandra Palace may have reduced that prospect.

Sherrock appeared as a contender during the 2020 edition, drawing 6-6 with three-time Lakeside champion Glen Durrant, and Sky Sports’ Laura Turner hailed Sherrock’s impact on women’s football.

“I think Fallon is a huge asset, not just for darts, but for women’s sport and the wider sport in general.

PDC President Eddie Hearn says Fallon Sherrock will be seriously considered for the 2022 Premier League.

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PDC President Eddie Hearn says Fallon Sherrock will be seriously considered for the 2022 Premier League.

PDC President Eddie Hearn says Fallon Sherrock will be seriously considered for the 2022 Premier League.

“People want to see her play and the Premier League – which essentially brings darts to the road – could not only provide them with a platform to continue playing with top players at the highest level, but also continue to attract new audiences and open the darts. to new demographics.

“Commercially it makes sense, even though I know there will be people and players who will disagree.”

So what does 2022 hold for Fallon Sherrock?

Regardless of the outcome at Q School, Sherrock will play a major role in the next 12 months, but the ability to apply for a Tour Card – often described as the golden ticket of darts – could prove to be groundbreaking.

Darts live on Sky Sports in 2022
Premier League Darts – February 3 – May 26
Darts World Cup – June 16-19
World Matchplay – July 16-24
World Grand Prix – 2-8 October
Darts Grand Slam – November 2022
Darts World Championship – December 2022 – January 2023

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