FALLON SHERROCK fed off the ‘buzz’ of the supportive Grand Slam of Darts crowd to inflict a second dose of misery on Mensur Suljovic.
It was during her run to the third round of the 2020 PDC World Darts Championship that Sherrock first broke the glass ceiling for women’s darts and became a worldwide name.
One of her victims almost two years ago was Suljovic, 49, and the Austrian slow-coach has not been the same player since.
And the world No 27 will have further nightmares after being thumped 10-5 by Sherrock in the last 16 of this TV major in Wolverhampton.
Sherrock started poorly and slowly, averaging just shy of 78 and quickly finding herself 2-0 down in legs.
Yet something visibly clicked, the ex-Bucks hairdresser turned angry and she began playing at her pace – not the slower rhythm set by Suljovic.
The 27-year-old star went into the first TV ad break 3-2 ahead thanks to an 11-dart leg that was settled by a 100 checkout and then a 124 finish on the bull.
From that point on, Sherrock won seven of the next ten legs, including a 90 finish on bullseye, to reach the last eight where she faces Peter Wright on Saturday evening.
This impressive trailblazer is the first woman to reach the quarter-finals of a ranking event on the PDC circuit.
The Queen of the Palace was thumped 5-1 by the Scot in the group stage and she will hope to improve significantly on that battering.
Sherrock said: “I don’t know how I am doing this. I hit two bullseyes as well. I’m so proud of myself.
“It wasn’t the greatest of games but I will take the win.
“At 2-0 down, I thought to myself, ‘You were 2-0 down at the worlds and won the first set. So just relax, just play’. And then it was 3-2 to me.
“There has been more pressure than normal. I have tried to put it behind me and focus.
“I’m trying my best to keep going. I don’t know how I am doing it.
“I love the crowd, especially when I hit a 180 and they go mental. I fed off the buzz.
“I want them to go mental and rise off their seats.
“I’m happy to play Peter. We get on so well. I am hoping I can hit the doubles that I missed last time and it’s a closer result.”
‘WASN’T MY INTENTION’
Michael van Gerwen beat Gary Anderson 10-8 but words were exchanged with the Scot unhappy that the Dutchman was talking to himself under his breath on stage.
Van Gerwen, 32, said: “Gary always had his moments, we all know that.
“I was saying something to myself and he took it personal. That wasn’t my intention.”