Sher­rock run comes to an end at Palace

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT -

FALLON Sher­rock’s fairy tale run at the PDC World Cham­pi­onship came to an end in the third round as she fell to a 4-2 de­feat to 22nd seed Chris Dobey at Alexander Palace.

The 25-year-old be­came the first wo­man to win a match in the tour­na­ment when beat­ing Ted Evetts be­fore fol­low­ing it up by stun­ning world num­ber 11 Men­sur Suljovic.

But Dobey proved too strong, fight­ing back from 2-1 down to set up a clash with Glen Dur­rant in the fourth round.

Sher­rock, who was cheered to the rafters through­out, twice led by a set, go­ing 1-0 and then 2-1 up in the early stages, helped by some su­perb fin­ish­ing.

She hit 50 per cent of her dou­bles in the match over­all, com­pared to Dobey’s 36 per cent. Dobey made his scor­ing count, how­ever, av­er­ag­ing 101.09 to Sher­rock’s 90.45, while he also hit eight 180s com­pared to Dobey’s 11.

Sher­rock’s achieve­ments have made her the break­out star of th­ese cham­pi­onships, and she ad­mit­ted she had not en­vis­aged her run to the last 32.

“I en­joyed my­self so much,” she said. “I didn’t think this was ever pos­si­ble. This is amaz­ing, this whole ex­pe­ri­ence has been un­be­liev­able. Hope­fully I get to be back here next year but I’ve got the Ladies World Cham­pi­onship next week so let’s see where I go from there.”

Ten­nis great Bil­lie Jean King has fol­lowed Sher­rock’s run and hailed her as an in­spi­ra­tion.

She tweeted: “While her run is over, @Fsh­er­rock has in­spired millions. Her ta­lent and grace un­der pres­sure will take her far.”

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