QUEEN OF THE PALACE Fallon Sherrock says she is “hurting” after failing to qualify for the Darts World Championships which take place this Christmas.
Sherrock, 26, is distraught that she won't be returning to the world stage in December after narrowly losing to Essex ace Deta Hedman.
Hedman squeezed the victory only by virtue of having won two more legs than Sherrock over four days of competition.
Speaking for the first time since her loss, Sherrock said: “I won’t lie, it hurt. It hurt not to qualify for the World Darts Championship.
“I earned the same amount of money as second place, but I was two legs behind, and I kept fighting right until the end.
“I was trying so hard all weekend and I kind of messed up on one single game. One game!
“Then I was driving myself crazy for ages, thinking to myself ‘it’s that one game, Fal’.
“But you know what, since then, I’ve thought to myself regroup, come back stronger, and you can do this.
“It’s gutting, it really is gutting, but I know I tried my best.
“I just have to take the positives from that, and I’m regrouping now and I’m more determined than ever to qualify for next year.”
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Sherrock's fall from grace is far cry from last December when she beat two men, Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic, at the PDC World Darts Championship in North London.
She made history with her amazing feat by becoming the first woman ever to beat a man in the sport, gaining instant worldwide fame.
But dart fans will this year get to see Bolton’s Lisa Ashton, the four-time women’s world champion, in action who vowed to emulate Sherrock's achievements.
Ashton said: "I just want to show what I can do and obviously do as well as Fallon did a year ago and get as far as I can."
But there has been some concern surrounding the blue-rband event and if it can be held at the same place.
The PDC are hopeful it can still be held at Ally Pally but there has been no official confirmation – and all their other top events have been moved.
And under current government Covid-19 restrictions there is unlikely to be any crowd for the players.
Sherrock feels this will be detrimental to the players in this year's tournament as she said the power of the fans carried her to the third round more than 10 months ago.
Sherrock told Paddy Power: “I feel so sorry for those who are going to the Worlds for the first time, without an audience.
“With no audience, when it comes to darts, you just have the sound of the game. The audience is so important to us because we use their sound to drive our game and get us geared up for it.
“Without the crowd, it just feels very flat.
“So when I placed at Alexandra Palace, for example, I’d not experienced anything like that, a crowd like that, ever.
“It doesn’t faze me if I have a crowd or not – but if I had to choose, I’d definitely say with one.”
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