Grand Slam of Darts: History-maker Fallon Sherrock beats Mensur Suljovic to reach quarter-finals


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Last Updated: 18/11/21 11:35pm

History-maker, record-breaker, roof-raiser: Fallon Sherrock made it through to the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts

History-maker, record-breaker, roof-raiser: Fallon Sherrock made it through to the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts

Fallon Sherrock continued her tungsten fairytale at the Grand Slam of Darts after defeating Mensur Suljovic 10-5 to reach the quarter-finals in Wolverhampton on Thursday.

Superstar Sherrock raised the roof at the Aldersley Leisure Village with another remarkable performance to defeat the Austrian with three maximums and a 90.58 average to set up a mouth-watering last eight clash with Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright.

Wright dethroned Jose de Sousa in a final leg shootout after coming out on top in a disjointed performance, hitting eight 180s but averaging just 90.41.

Michael Smith came close to landing a nine-darter in his win against Joe Cullen as he made it through to the quarter-finals for the third straight year.

He will take on three-time Grand Slam champion Michael van Gerwen after the Dutch ace defeated Scotland’s two-time finalist Gary Anderson in a high-quality meeting.

Grand Slam of Darts 2021: Thursday’s results

Last 16 Michael Smith 10-5 Joe Cullen
Peter Wright 10-9 Jose De Sousa
Mensur Suljovic 5-10 Fallon Sherrock
Michael van Gerwen 10-8 Gary Anderson

Super Sherrock does it again

Sherrock said she feeds off the buzz of the crowd after producing another phenomenal victory on the Wolverhampton stage

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Sherrock said she feeds off the buzz of the crowd after producing another phenomenal victory on the Wolverhampton stage

Sherrock said she feeds off the buzz of the crowd after producing another phenomenal victory on the Wolverhampton stage

History-maker Sherrock went up against Suljovic in a repeat of their World Championship classic and it didn’t disappoint.

‘The Queen of the Palace’, who produced an inspired comeback to stun Gabriel Clemens and create another moment of sporting history on Tuesday night, famously defeated the Austrian to reach the third round at Alexandra Palace in 2019.

Sherrock threw a ton-out followed by a brilliant 124 against Suljovic

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Sherrock threw a ton-out followed by a brilliant 124 against Suljovic

Sherrock threw a ton-out followed by a brilliant 124 against Suljovic

But the former Champions League winner was out for revenge and he made the more composed start to take a 2-0 lead before the boisterous crowd rose to their feet following a superb ton-out 11-dart leg, and a stunning 124 on the bullseye from Sherrock.

She made it three legs on the spin, nailing double nine to lead 3-2 before sinking double five after Suljovic failed with five missed darts at doubles. ‘The Gentle’ was averaging below 80 and Sherrock took full advantage with another sublime bull-finish for 5-3.

The 27-year-old then made it six out of the last seven legs for 6-3 before Suljovic stopped the rot.

However, Sherrock broke again with a 15-darter to edge closer. And she soon completed the job to become the first woman to ever reach the last eight of a PDC televised ranking event.

MVG edges Anderson in thriller

Van Gerwen said there was a misunderstanding during the game with Anderson, saying the Scot 'has his moments'

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Van Gerwen said there was a misunderstanding during the game with Anderson, saying the Scot ‘has his moments’

Van Gerwen said there was a misunderstanding during the game with Anderson, saying the Scot ‘has his moments’

Two legends of the game went toe-to-toe on the big stage and they lit the blue touch paper with a blistering opening five legs.

Anderson converted a superb 124 checkout on the bullseye for a 12-dart break and kept his nose in front at 4-3 with four 180s and a 104 average.

Anderson broke Van Gerwen with this superb 124 checkout

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Anderson broke Van Gerwen with this superb 124 checkout

Anderson broke Van Gerwen with this superb 124 checkout

But the Dutchman fired in a 116 checkout to level it up on his way to reeling off three legs on the spin.

The players exchanged words on the stage in the 12th leg. That appeared to put Anderson off his rhythm, with Van Gerwen taking full advantage. The former world champion quickly regrouped to hold his throw, but Van Gerwen maintained his lead with a brilliant 11-darter for 8-6.

MVG hit a tidy 116 finish to level things up at 4-4 before breaking throw in the next leg

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MVG hit a tidy 116 finish to level things up at 4-4 before breaking throw in the next leg

MVG hit a tidy 116 finish to level things up at 4-4 before breaking throw in the next leg

Anderson had chances to break back, but he failed to take them. There was more drama when Van Gerwen missed four match darts at 9-7.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ held but could not force a deciding leg and the former world No 1 got over the line with double eight.

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Grand Slam of Darts 2021: Quarter-Finals

Friday’s fixtures Rob Cross vs James Wade
Gerwyn Price vs Jonny Clayton
Saturday’s fixtures Peter Wright vs Fallon Sherrock
Michael van Gerwen vs Michael Smith

Wright ends De Sousa’s reign

Wright feels he may have found the perfect darts despite scraping through against De Sousa

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Wright feels he may have found the perfect darts despite scraping through against De Sousa

Wright feels he may have found the perfect darts despite scraping through against De Sousa

De Sousa continued his title defence against world No 2 Wright in a match which had all the makings of a very tight encounter and so it proved, with the Portuguese star taking a 3-2 lead before the first interval.

It was very much nip and tuck until ‘The Special One’ swooped in the 10th leg with a timely 174 and 32 to head into the break with a 6-4 advantage.

Wright came out firing maximums with his back against the wall, responding with a superb 12-dart leg and then levelling at 6-6 after taking out 68. He nailed an 80 checkout to win his third consecutive leg, but wasn’t able to consolidate his lead, with his opponent pinning double four to make it 7-7.

Wright eventually dethroned De Sousa in a dramatic last-leg decider, despite squandering FIVE match darts

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Wright eventually dethroned De Sousa in a dramatic last-leg decider, despite squandering FIVE match darts

Wright eventually dethroned De Sousa in a dramatic last-leg decider, despite squandering FIVE match darts

The 51-year-old Scot was feeling the heat but he somehow scrambled his way to a hold of throw with double 16, having appeared on the brink before sinking 82 to hit the front at 9-8.

World Matchplay champion Wright threw for the match, but he failed to convert five match darts, and that allowed De Sousa in for double 10 to make it 9-9 and send the contest the distance.

However, Wright eventually dethroned De Sousa when he landed double 16 to make it through and breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Smith powers past Cullen

Smith admitted he got lucky as he reached the quarter-finals in Wolverhampton

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Smith admitted he got lucky as he reached the quarter-finals in Wolverhampton

Smith admitted he got lucky as he reached the quarter-finals in Wolverhampton

Former semi-finalist Smith went into his last 16 meeting with Yorkshireman Cullen having come through the group stage with a 100 per cent winning record and was aiming to win his maiden major TV title, which has continually eluded him.

The St Helens thrower made the better start and had chances to extend his lead to 4-1, but he squandered darts at double one, allowing ‘The Rockstar’ to finally land double 16 and stay in touch at 3-2.

Smith came so close to landing a NINE-DARTER during his victory over Cullen

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Smith came so close to landing a NINE-DARTER during his victory over Cullen

Smith came so close to landing a NINE-DARTER during his victory over Cullen

The pair shared breaks of throw following the first mini-break before ‘Bully Boy’ regained the upper hand at 4-3 and maintained his two-leg cushion to lead 6-4 in a race to 10.

Double five with his last dart in hand enabled Smith to move 7-5 ahead before he made his move by sinking tops and double nine to close to within one leg of going through.

UK Open: 1

World Matchplay: 3

World Grand Prix: 0

European Championship: 2

Grand Slam: 5 (1 unranked)

Players Championship Finals: 1

World Championship: 2

He came within a millimetre of landing an epic nine-darter in the 15th leg, but Smith maintained his composure to complete a convincing 10-5 victory and take his place in the quarter-finals.

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