Women’s World Matchplay Darts: Fallon Sherrock wins inaugural title in Blackpool | Darts News
Fallon Sherrock, the most recognizable name in women’s darts, wins £10,000 and showed her love of the biggest stage yet again by winning the Women’s World Matchplay; watch MVG v Gerwyn Price in the World Matchplay Final from 9pm – live on Sky Sports Action
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Fallon Sherrock has won the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay tournament at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens. Here are the best crates…
Fallon Sherrock made history in Blackpool on Sunday by winning the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay title.
The 28-year-old burst onto the scene with her historic run at the 2020 World Championship where she became the first woman to win on the Alexandra Palace stage and now she is entering the record books again after beating the Dutch Aileen de Graaf 6-3 in the first final of this tournament.
“I think I’m getting used to this historic stuff,” Sherrock joked after the game. “It’s so good to have won this title and to be the first name on the trophy.
“I think all the women put in a really good performance. I think that’s what we needed, and hopefully we can progress from there.
“Aileen is always a tough player to play against. She never gives up, she is always there to pounce.
“I had some really good matches against Aileen in the women’s series, and she was great today as well.”
Sunday, July 24 – Women’s World Matchplay Final
|Final||Aileen de Graaf||3-6||fallon sherrock|
Sunday July 24 – Results of the SF Women’s World Matchplay
|Semi-finals||Lisa Ashton||4-5||Aileen de Graaf|
|fallon sherrock||5-2||Lorraine Winstanley|
De Graaf looked set to upset the odds after opening a slim 3-2 lead in the final, only for Sherrock to reel off four straight legs in the closing stages to write another famous chapter in his darts history.
The Dutch star converted a sleek 100 combination to draw first blood, but Sherrock responded strongly, after a 17-dart riposte with an 86 check via a double seven to advance 2-1.
Sherrock looked set to extend her lead after crashing into the first maximum of the contest, despite being punished for wasting six darts at double as De Graaf leveled.
Watch the moment Sherrock was crowned the first World Women’s Matchplay Champion…
The fourth seed continued his clinical combination finishing with a 3-2 lead, only for Sherrock to string together a second 180 with a brilliant 142 to restore parity at three apiece.
Sherrock was starting to dominate the scoring phase, claiming a crucial throwing break in step seven, before stringing together 140 straight with a two-dart 66 finish to complete a 14-dart catch and take a leg away from glory.
De Graaf was unable to extend the contest with a 120 skin saver and Sherrock needed no further invitations, producing a superb 85 box via double five to seal the deal.
‘The Queen of the Palace’ earlier beat Katie Sheldon 4-2 in the quarter-finals, then followed that up with a 5-2 win over Lorraine Winstanley in the semi-finals.
Earlier in the afternoon, Sherrock survived a scare against 18-year-old sensation Sheldon, recovering from a 2-1 deficit to book their place in the semi-finals.
The Irish teenager converted 86 and 74 checkouts in successive sets to stun the second seed, but Sherrock responded with a 113 finish in the fifth leg, shaking up the last three legs to progress.
Sherrock then overcame a late swing to knock out third seed Winstanley in the last four, after fending off three double darts for a whitewashed win.
The Milton Keynes player brilliantly started to take a 4-0 lead, and although Winstanley fought back to halve the deficit, the 28-year-old shot in the first 180 of the tournament before wrapping up victory with her seventh match dart.
Sherrock says she’s proud to be the first women’s matchplay world title winner
“It’s just getting started. It’s only going to grow from here,” said Sherrock, a quarter-finalist at last year’s Darts Grand Slam.
“We have the Women’s World Matchplay guaranteed for next year which will hopefully encourage more women to come and play in the Women’s Series.
“It’s just a stepping stone, so hopefully we can keep producing and make it massive.”
De Graaf – a four-time TV title winner – was unable to scoop the £10,000 top prize in a thrilling contest, but she reaffirmed her credentials with a series of impressive displays.
The 32-year-old produced the quarter-final performance to dispatch Laura Turner 4-1, shooting in a brilliant 171 and notching two 140s to win by an average of 80.63.
She then dumped top seed Lisa Ashton in a dramatic nine-round fight, producing magnificent triple 19s in the closing stages to close out a decisive win.
Four-time Lakeside champion Ashton led 4-3 in an upside-down affair, but De Graaf’s superior scoring power catapulted her to a historic win.
Here’s Sherrock’s winning moment as she beat Aileen de Graaf in the final
Sunday July 24 – Women’s World Championship Qualifying Match Results
|Quarter-finals||(1) Lisa Ashton||4-0||(8) Chloe O’Brien|
|(4) Aileen de Graaf||4-1||(5) Laura Turner|
|(2) Fallon Sherrock||4-2||(7) Katie Sheldon|
|(3) Lorraine Winstanley||4-3||(6) Rhian Griffiths|
World Matchplay Darts Live
July 24, 2022, 9:00 p.m.
“It was amazing. The crowd was brilliant. It gave me goosebumps,” admitted De Graaf, who was doubtful for the tournament after being ill last week.
“I loved the experience here at Blackpool. We want to play more TV tournaments and it gives us the power to perform well and play more.”
Sunday, July 24 – Global Matchplay
|Final||Gerwyn Award||versus||Michel van Gerwen|
Ashton, the winner of seven Women’s Series titles in 2022, opened her campaign with a whitewashed victory over Scottish teenager Chloe O’Brien, before succumbing to De Graaf in a dramatic semi-final showdown.
Elsewhere, Winstanley challenged a spirited fightback from Wales’ Rhian Griffiths in the other quarter-final bout, eventually advancing in a shootout in the final game.
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