Women’s World Darts Matchplay: Fallon Sherrock wins inaugural title in Blackpool | darts news

Fallon Sherrock, the most recognizable name in women’s darts, wins £10,000 and further showed her love for the biggest stage by winning the Women’s World Matchplay; watch MVG vs Gerwyn Price in the World Matchplay Final from 9:00pm, live on Sky Sports Action

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Fallon Sherrock won the first World Women’s Matchplay tournament at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Here are the best boxes…

Fallon Sherrock won the first World Women’s Matchplay tournament at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Here are the best boxes…

Fallon Sherrock made more history in Blackpool on Sunday by claiming the inaugural Women’s World Matchplay title.

The 28-year-old burst onto the scene with her historic run at the 2020 World Championships, where she became the first woman to win on the Alexandra Palace stage and now re-enters the record books after beating Dutchman Aileen de Graaf 6-3 in the first final of this tournament.

“I guess I’m getting used to this making history thing,” Sherrock joked after the game. “It feels so good to have won this title and to be the first name on the trophy.

“I think all the women did very well. I think that’s what we needed, and hopefully we can progress from there.”

“Aileen is always a difficult player to play against. She never gives up, she is always there to attack.

“I’ve had some great games against Aileen in the Women’s Series, and she was great today too.”

Sunday, July 24 – Women’s World Matchplay Final

Final Aileen deGraaf 3-6 Fallon Sherrock

Sunday, July 24 – World Women’s Matchplay SF Results

semifinals Lisa Ashton 4-5 Aileen deGraaf
Fallon Sherrock 5-2 Lorraine Winstanley

De Graaf looked ready to upset the odds after opening up a slim 3-2 lead in the final, only for Sherrock to rally from four legs in a row in the closing stages to write another famous chapter in his darts history.

The Dutch star converted an elegant 100 combination to draw first blood, but Sherrock hit back hard, following up a 17-dart response with a payout of 86 via double seven to move 2-1 up.

Sherrock looked poised to extend her lead after crashing in the first high of the contest, though she was punished for wasting six darts in the double as De Graaf leveled.

Watch the moment Sherrock was crowned the first Women's World Matchplay Champion...

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Watch the moment Sherrock was crowned the first Women’s World Matchplay Champion…

The fourth seed continued her clinical combination and finished with a 3-2 lead, only for Sherrock to follow up a second 180 with a brilliant payout of 142 to restore parity at three apiece.

Sherrock was beginning to dominate the scoring phase, claiming a crucial break of the toss on stage seven, before following up 140 straight with a two-dart 66 finish to complete a 14-dart hold and move a leg away from glory.

De Graaf couldn’t prolong the contest with a skin saver of 120 and Sherrock required no more invites, producing a terrific payout of 85 via double five to seal the deal.

‘The Queen of the Palace’ earlier beat Katie Sheldon 4-2 in the quarter-finals and 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, rallying from 2-1 down to book his place in the semi-finals.

The Irish teenager converted 86 and 74 points in successive stages to upset the second seed, but Sherrock responded with a result of 113 in the fifth stage, making up the last three stages to progress.

Sherrock then overcame a late wobble to eliminate third seed Winstanley in the last four, having fended off three darts in the double for a shutout victory.

The Milton Keynes player started brilliantly to take a 4-0 lead, and although Winstanley struggled to halve the deficit, the 28-year-old fired the first 180 of the tournament before clinching victory with her seventh dart.

Sherrock says she is proud to become the first winner of the Women's World Matchplay title

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Sherrock says she is proud to become the first winner of the Women’s World Matchplay title

Sherrock says she is proud to become the first winner of the Women’s World Matchplay title

“It’s just getting started. It’s only going to grow from here,” said Sherrock, a quarterfinalist at last year’s Grand Slam of Darts.

“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 continue to produce and do this massively.”

De Graaf, a four-time winner of the television title, failed to claim the £10,000 top prize in a convincing contest, but reasserted her credentials with a series of impressive displays.

The 32-year-old produced the quarterfinal performance to dispatch Laura Turner 4-1, shooting a brilliant 171 and landing two 140s to prevail at an 80.63 average.

She then defeated top seed Lisa Ashton in a dramatic nine-stage bout, producing some superb triple 19s in the later stages to close out a decisive stage win.

Four-time Lakeside champion Ashton led 4-3 in a topsy-turvy affair, but De Graaf’s superior scoring power catapulted her to a historic victory.

Here's Sherrock's winning moment when she beat Aileen de Graaf in the final

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Here’s Sherrock’s winning moment when she beat Aileen de Graaf in the final

Here’s Sherrock’s winning moment when she beat Aileen de Graaf in the final

Sunday, July 24 – Women’s World Matchplay QF Results

Quarter finals (1) Lisa Ashton 4-0 (8) Chloe O’Brien
(4) Aileen deGraaf 4-1 (5) Laura Turner
(2) Fallon Sherrock 4-2 (7) Katie Sheldon
(3) Lorraine Winstanley 4-3 (6) Rhian Griffiths

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July 24, 2022, 9:00 p.m.

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“It felt amazing. The crowd was brilliant. It gave me goosebumps,” admitted De Graaf, who was doubtful for the tournament after suffering an illness last week.

“I’ve loved the experience here in Blackpool. We want to play more televised tournaments and it gives us the power to perform well and play more.”

Sunday, July 24 – World Matchplay

Final Gerwyn Price against Michael van Gerwen

Ashton, winner of seven Women’s Series titles in 2022, opened her campaign with a shutout victory over Scottish teenager Chloe O’Brien, before succumbing to De Graaf in a dramatic semi-final showdown.

Elsewhere, Winstanley defied a spirited comeback from Wales’ Rhian Griffiths in the other quarter-final bout, eventually advancing in a late-leg penalty shootout.

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