All eyes can be on Fallon Sherrock when she heads to the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham to take the subsequent step on a journey she nonetheless admits leaves her pinching herself.

“It’s incredible, it’s insane, I didn’t think I would be the person doing this,” she tells Sky Sports, not for the first time over the previous few months.

The interview requests have been many and have come from all corners of the globe as Sherrock prepares to grow to be the first girl to play in the Premier League on Thursday night time

‘The Queen of the Palace’ will enter Night Two as the second of 9 ‘Challengers’ for this yr’s competitors and the accreditation requests to the PDC have resulted in an oversubscribed media room with L’Equipe, Bloomberg and extra wanting one other piece of the motion.

“Since the worlds my normal life has just exploded – I am so busy, so many opportunities have come my way and I am a well known face,” she provides, now counting Billie Jean King amongst the names to congratulate her, not as soon as, however twice.

“I have tried not to be overwhelmed and not take everything in. I haven’t looked at the massive wider impacts, I am focusing on darts and trying to put the rest of it to the back of my mind.”

“This week’s Premier League motion is the first of a number of alternatives which have come Sherrock’s method since she blazed her option to a pair of large landmark victories at the World Darts Championship, beating Ted Evetts to grow to be the first girl to beat a person at the match.

For good measure she backed it up by beating then-world No 11 Mensur Suljovic earlier than the journey got here to its finish with a defeat to Chris Dobey in the third spherical.

If you assume the 25-year-old single mom has been resting on her laurels, you would be a lot mistaken – she’s been somewhat busy as exhibition requests have flooded in. She’s partnered former Italy worldwide footballer Luca Toni, taken on 16-time world champion Phil Taylor and even confronted Sky Sports’ very-own Wayne Mardle.

There’s been aggressive motion too. After opting in opposition to the BDO Women’s World Championship with doubts over an already-shrunken prize fund, she headed to Q-School in an try to earn her place on the PDC Tour.

Sherrock’s feats at Alexandra Palace impressed lots, with a file 16 girls in complete becoming a member of her to chase the Tour playing cards on provide. It wasn’t to be for Sherrock however four-time girls’s world champion Lisa Ashton was profitable and made her Pro Tour debut at the weekend – Sherrock insists that’s simply one other step on the ladder.

“I have proved we are able to do it. We can compete on a stage enjoying discipline, we simply want extra alternatives and the incontrovertible fact that Lisa has carried out it has proved it a bit extra.

“Playing against the men is a good start. It’s a good platform to start off with anyway because it proves that darts is a sport for both, a lot of people think of it as a man’s sport.”

For a lady who has overcome lots in her life, the disappointment of lacking out on a two-year Tour card didn’t final lengthy.

Two weeks in the past, away from the TV cameras and with an enormous goal on her again, she battled her method by means of a discipline of greater than 200 gamers to win a UK Open qualifier that may see her half of the discipline in Minehead subsequent month.

The World Series invites have been the first to drop, and Sherrock can be half of the fields later this yr in New York, Copenhagen, Germany, New Zealand and a double header in Germany. But it is nearer to her Milton Keynes dwelling that the world’s media will subsequent see her in motion as she takes up her Challenger spot on Thursday night time.

Whether the ‘Queen of the Palace’ nickname sticks stays to be seen, the ‘Sherrock of Nottingham’ appears to have taken on a life of itself over the final week as the metropolis prepares to welcome the Premier League Darts roadshow.

Night Two will see Sherrock again to make, and chase, one other slice of historical past when she faces three-time BDO world champion Glen Durran, final week labelled the finest finisher in the sport by Mardle, and one win into his debut Premier League following a stellar first yr on the PDC circuit.

It might have gone unnoticed however none of the earlier 10 invited gamers have picked up a win. Faced with one other history-making second Sherrock isn’t getting too carried away and has a plan.

“I would by no means go right into a sport anticipating to lose however I will play my regular sport, and I count on Glen to play his.

“If folks need to put the stress on me that wonderful however I do not put stress on myself – that’s the place stress comes from.

“I won’t think about who I’m playing or how big the venue is. I am just excited to get up there.”

Sherrock’s alternatives are plentiful however there are wider questions on the girls’s sport and the way it grows. Commentator Rod Studd has labelled feminine darts as the subsequent development space for the sport, however as but there stays nothing concrete from the PDC in phrases of dedication to a girls’s tour, or match past the World Championship qualifiers.

To paraphrase PDC chairman Barry Hearn’s mantra, ‘it would not matter who you might be if you’re adequate and earn your home you possibly can play,’ and there is lots of benefit to it, Sherrock’s two wins at Ally Pally and Ashton’s Q-School feats underline that.

But it’s one thing of a contradiction. In creating the two girls’s qualifiers for the World Championship, approving girls’s locations at the Grand Slam of Darts and now inviting Sherrock to the Premier League and World Series, alternative has been created the place beforehand there was none.

Sherrock is below no illusions about seizing the probabilities that come her method, however what subsequent for the girls’s sport?

“The extra the girls beat the males hopefully that may carry up extra alternatives for us after which the prospects are countless as to what can occur.

“If [the opportunity of a women’s tour] got here, I would not flip it down or something like that. It could be nice, however I do not need to sit there and get too excited or too far forward on something that folks say.

“We’re not 100 per cent positive what is going on to occur so I’m not going to leap into something and begin considering what may occur. I’m simply taking it one step at a time and can simply seize any alternatives that I can at the second.

“I do not take a look at it as a person’s sport as a result of the girls play as properly.

“It’s an open sport. It’s a good starting point [women playing against the men] which we’ve had the opportunity to do and show that we can beat them.”

Sherrock can, and has. On Thursday night time the world can be watching to see if she will be able to do it once more.

Coverage of the Premier League continues on Thursday, February 13 when Sherrock makes her debut in the competitors as a ‘Challenger’ in Nottingham at 7pm on Sky Sports Action and Main Event. Check out every day Darts information on skysports.com/darts, our app for cell gadgets and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts.

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