Sherrock insists she deserves World Championship spot and hits back at critics
A defiant Fallon Sherrock has insisted she deserves her place at the upcoming World Darts Championship following her controversial late call-up to the tournament.
Sherrock, who famously reached the third round in 2019, appeared to have missed out on a place at the Alexandra Palace showpiece after emerging star Beau Greaves stormed to eight successive Women’s Series triumphs to pinch second spot behind Lisa Ashton.
However, last week the PDC confirmed Sherrock would be in the tournament after deciding to grant a place to the winner of the Women’s World Matchplay. Sherrock claimed that title in Blackpool in July.
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While the move was welcomed by many, it is also attracted criticism, with some fans accusing the governing body of moving the goalposts to accommodate the best-known player in the women’s game.
Sherrock was expecting a social media backlash and hit back at her critics as she spoke to the media, including Daily Star Sport, ahead of today’s draw for the tournament.
“I just stay off social [media] and try and block it out like that,” she said. “Everyone has their opinion. I could be world number one and get hate, I could be the worst player there is and still get hate.
“I knew there would be a reaction but no one has actually said anything bad to me. I’ve had no hate messages, it’s been positive.
“There’s been [negative] comments online and from other players. I do get it but I do think I deserve my spot because I think people forget I did win a PDC TV title. It’s not like I haven’t.
“People just assume, because I won two games at the World Championship, that I’ve been given everything, but I haven’t.
“I’ve had to earn my stuff as well, like when I played Glen [Durrant] in the Premier League, when I made a World Series final [in 2021], what I did in the Grand Slam [in 2021], I think people forget about that.
“I could go the World Championship and win it, and I would still get some hate. It would be silly stuff like ‘they let her win’. It would be stupid stuff, I’d still get hate.”
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Sherrock thinks there should be more focus on the fact three female players will be in action on the famous stage rather than her selection.
“I think people have missed the ball on it,” she said. “Actually look at it, that’s three women now who have been put in, the prize money [for the Women’s Series] has gone up. Overall, there are more women’s competitions. The actual sport is growing.
“I think I’ve just got used to them [the critics] pinpointing everything on me. It’s not my fault, I didn’t ask to get put in [the World Championship], they just put me in because I’ve won a TV title.”
On how she deals with toxicity of social media, she added: “I really limit it, I don’t read the comments. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll post a couple of things, but I don’t read much into it.”
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