Fallon Sherrock has made history by becoming the first woman to beat a man at the PDC World Darts Championship.
The 25-year-old received a rapturous reception at Alexandra Palace when she defeated Ted Evetts, battling back from losing the opening set to claim a memorable 3-2 win in London on Tuesday night.
She said: “I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say.
“I feel really happy because I have proven something for women’s darts, that women can play the men and beat them, so fingers crossed this is a move in the right direction.”
Sherrock, one of only two women in the tournament, was in fine form from the outset despite falling behind, with an outstanding 106 checkout in the first set only beaten by a similarly impressive performance from Evetts.
She levelled it up but went on to miss four darts to win the third set, allowing Evetts to retake the lead, before battling back once again to take the match to a one-set shootout.
Sherrock held her nerves to secure the biggest win of her career, and she will hope to progress to the last 32 with another victory over the Austrian player Mensur Sulijovic on Saturday.
Sherrock was almost joined in round two by women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki, but the Japanese star was just edged out by James Richardson on Sunday.
Record 16-time world champion Phil Taylor told Sky News he thought the women’s game would become stronger because of how Sherrock and Suzuki had performed.
The 59-year-old, now retired, said: “The ladies’ game will absolutely go stronger now because now they know that they can compete against the best players in the world.”
He added: “Now that they are on the big stage, they are getting used to it.
“When the ladies play, the atmosphere is 10 times better than any other game.”
Regarding Sherrock, he said: “She is a very talented darts player and is also very confident and it shows last night the hard work that lady has put in.”
Live coverage of the PDC World Darts Championship continues on Sky Sports Darts until the final on New Year’s Day.