Fallon Sherrock was left speechless after creating history by becoming the first woman to beat a man at the PDC World Darts Championship when she defeated Ted Evetts.
Women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki had come close after being edged out by James Richardson at Alexandra Palace on Sunday night
Sherrock, a former BDO Women’s World Championship runner-up, recovered from losing the opening set to beat PDC Development Tour winner Evetts 3-2 – scoring some six 180s with a match average of just over 91 in their first-round contest.
“I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say,” Sherrock told Sky Sports Darts after her victory on the stage.
“I feel really happy because I have proven something for women’s darts, that women can play the men and beat them, so fingers crossed this is a move in the right direction.”
Evetts had lost his throw in the opening leg of the deciding set, as Sherrock – cheered on by the vocal support at a packed Alexandra Palace – moved 2-0 ahead.Ted Evetts saw his hopes ended in the first round (Steven Paston/PA)
The 22-year-old held his next arrows – but another big score from Sherrock left her with three match darts at double 18.
Sherrock, 25, from Milton Keynes, took a second match dart to write her name into the history books and will go on to face Mensur Suljovic, the 11th seed, in round two.
Earlier during Tuesday’s afternoon session, Devon’s Ryan Searle edged out Robbie King 3-2 in their first-round match, the Australian having missed a match dart in a sudden-death leg.Ryan Searle faced a match dart against him before sealing victory (Steven Paston/PA)
Spainard Cristo Reyes recovered from two-sets down to defeat PDC Asian Tour winner Lourence Ilagan of the Philippines, and will go on to meet Adrian Lewis, two-time former world champion, in the second round.
Noel Malicdem progressed with a 3-0 victory over Rowby-John Rodriguez to secure a showdown against Peter Wright, the world number seven.
Poland’s Krzysztof Ratajski, who has won six PDC ranking titles, booked his place in the third round with a 3-1 win over Austrian Zoran Lerchbacher.Krzysztof Ratajski made sure of progress at Alexandra Palace (Steven Paston/PA)
During the evening session, tournament debutant Ritchie Edhouse beat Russian Boris Koltsov 3-1 in the first round.
Australian Damon Heta swept past Portugal’s Jose De Sousa 3-0 to to set up a second-round showdown against Glen Durrant, the reigning BDO world champion.
Dutchman Jeffrey De Zwaan came from behind to defeat Darin Young 3-2 in the second round.
The American had put out Raymond Van Barneveld in the five-time world champion’s final match on the PDC tour, but found the number 22 seed a resolute opponent as, after Young missed a match-dart chance, the contest went into a deciding set.
De Zwaan maintained his momentum to take the opening leg against Young’s throw and then move within sight of the third round. After the American rallied, an eighth maximum helped the Dutchman to then throw for the match, which he sealed with a 41 checkout on double 16.
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