Sherrock tells crowd not to boo Suljovic in grudge match at Grand Slam

Fallon Sherrock has pleaded with fans not to boo Mensur Suljovic in their rematch at the Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts on Thursday.

The first lady of arrows became the undisputed Queen of Alexandra Palace when she knocked Suljovic out of the PDC World Championship in a sensational upset two years ago.

And in a delicious twist of fate, Sherrock's reward for becoming the first woman to reach the Grand Slam knockout phase is another date with the Austrian nicknamed 'Gentle' in the last 16.

She will have the crowd in the palm of her hand at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton, but Sherrock does not want partisan support for her to cross the line into naked hostility or booing of Suljovic.

“The crowd have been amazing and I love the buzz that they give me,” said Sherrock. “They are so supportive and I can feel the electric atmosphere every time I walk out. It is absolutely amazing.

“But I want them to be fair as well. I don’t want any booing or anything like that. I’m just really excited to play.”

Sherrock progressed from the group stage with a sensational 5-3 win against German giant Gabriel Clemens on Tuesday night, fighting back from 3-1 down in a match she needed to win by at least two legs.

With an impeccable sense of drama, she hit a 141 checkout to stay alive before a mind-blowing 170 finish brought the house down.

Sherrock expects to encounter a more fired-up Suljovic than the meek soul she defeated at Ally Pally in December 2019, saying: “It is a different format this time to the worlds.

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“He might be all guns blazing, so I need to prepare for that. I need to play my own game and expect him to throw everything at me.

“There are so many times you can win against one person and then they beat you. He might be raring to go this time.

“Will he be more fired-up than the last time? Probably! I mean, I know I would definitely be more determined.

“I don't know if I will be the underdog this time, but it will be a really eventful game and I am really excited to see how it pans out.

“I will try not to think about the reaction – I've just got to go up and play my game. I'll try to put everything else to the back of my mind and then worry about it afterwards.

“Last weekend was all about winning one game, then it was to get through the group. Now I have to set another target for myself, so I can go in with a clear instinct again.”

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Sherrock, 27, has developed an enviable knack of rising to the occasion and it is now clear her Ally Pally upsets against Suljovic and Ted Evetts were not flashes in the pan.

She went on to hold Glen Durrant – who would go on to win the tournament – to a draw at Nottingham in February last year before lockdown stalled her career.

Then she reached the Nordic Darts Masters final in September, leading Michael van Gerwen 6-3 before going down 11-7.

And her 101.55 average against Mike de Dekker at the Grand Slam on Sunday was the highest ever recorded by a woman on TV.

She said: “I have always said that I am better on stage than on the floor. I feel really comfortable being up there and taking on these really good players. It makes my game better.

“They are pushing me to a new level. It seems like when I am put in a high-pressure situation, I perform. I don’t know how I do it – I have no idea. Maybe it just makes me calmer.”

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