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Fallon Sherrock: ‘I’m still coming back down to earth’ after Grand Slam of Darts history.

Fallon Sherrock: ‘I’m still coming back down to earth’ after Grand Slam of Darts history.

Having famously ‘smashed the glass ceiling’ at Alexandra Palace almost two years ago, the trailblazing Fallon Sherrock’s fairytale continued as she surpassed the group stage on her Grand Slam of Darts debut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherrock had whitewashed Mike De Decker with a 101.55 average two days prior to keep her Group E hopes alive, and subsequently battled back from two legs behind on Tuesday evening to remarkably overcome German number one Gabriel Clemens.

‘The Queen of the Palace’ converted stunning checkouts of 141 and 170 from 3-1 down against the former German Darts Masters runner-up, having needed to win 5-3 or better to progress through her group.

“I’m still coming back down to earth from it,” Sherrock said during her post-match press conference. “I genuinely don’t know what I’ve just done. To take out 170 to win it – my bulls aren’t usually that good! I just have a habit of hitting bullseye now to win games.

“I don’t even know how I did that. When I approached the 170 I knew that was my only chance and that I had to take it. I’m so proud of myself for doing it as it shows what I can do and gives me a lot of confidence.

“I feel really comfortable being up on the stage, especially playing all these really good players because they are pushing me to the level I can. I’m really excited to see what the next step brings.”

PDC Women’s Series champion Sherrock now encounters former World Matchplay finalist Mensur Suljovic in the second round – a repeat of their World Championship match that saw the history-making Sherrock oust the then twelfth seed.

Sherrock received World Series of Darts invitations off the back of her two memorable Alexandra Palace victories, with the Nordic Darts Masters runner-up suggesting those appearances have spurred her on ahead of the Suljovic rematch.

“I’m really looking forward to that,” she added. “Obviously it’s like being on the World Series, playing all these players over the longer format. I’m really privileged that I got the opportunity to play in them because it’s kind of set me up to play in this.”

Three-time world champion turned Sky Sports pundit John Part was watching Sherrock’s brilliance backstage alongside his colleague Wayne Mardle, with both stunned by her latest slice of a history.

“I can’t imagine there has ever been a greater comeback inside of a group game in the history of this event, especially having to win four consecutive legs,” the Canadian expressed.

“Clemens played very well, he really did, but it wasn’t good enough. That was magic that Fallon came up with. Wayne Mardle said ‘some things are destiny’ and I have to agree. It was unbelievable stuff.

“What a comeback, what heart. Nothing to lose. From the point of despair at 3-1 down, then all of a sudden it happens. She needs to enjoy what she did tonight. How many times will she wake up and pinch herself?”

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