The ‘Gentle’ Faces the Concurring Hero!
Mensur Suljović v Fallon Sherrock
Mensur Suljović has enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2017 winning the Champions League and was the World Matchplay runner up in 2018. Currently ranked 11th in the world (PDC Order of Merit) he is a player just waiting to add another title to his name.
The 2020 World Darts Championships should propel the Austrian higher up the ranking table, and he may feel his opening match will work in his favour. Entering the 2020 World Championships in round two, it is now known he will face the concurring hero, Fallon Sharrock. Fallon made history in her opening match against Ted Evett in the 20202 PDC World Championships as she became the first female player to beat a male counterpart. Fallon hit several 180s and took out several three dart finishes to beat Ted Evett 3-2 in the opening round.
Fallon showed the World that the ladies were in the competition to win and not be a sideshow as some had seen it. Hitting six perfect darts towards a nine-dart leg, she silenced the packed Ally Pally venue but she was unable to convert the perfect start into a perfect leg. Her win over Ted however, made national and international headlines for her, the sport of darts and sport in general. She was never phased by the fans or by the enormous 64-meter stage at the Alexandra Palace, London. With the fans behind her, the odds for another win could be attractive to many. Fans will look at www.betting24.fi for the best odds and online deals before supporting the twenty-five-year-old in the hope she can make history again and her 91plus opening average could be good enough to see her through.
Mensur is crowd favourite and is affectionately known as the ‘The Gentle’, taking his nickname after a pub he owned that he later sold it to another dart player, Rowby-John Rodriguez. Mensur will find it hard when he sees 99% of the fans calling for Fallon to win. He will likely be facing a hostile crowd when he plays Fallon something he would have seldom come across.
For Fallon to win, she will again she will need to be on top form but she is relishing playing one of the PDC top players. However, Mensur might well be too hard beat. Ted Evett was ranked seventy-seventh when he entered the World Championships while Mensur is one of the top players that could realistically win the world title. To give herself a chance, Fallon will need Mensur to buckle under pressure from the crowd and hopefully her outstanding play as she is set to collect her single biggest pay-packet from the darting circuit.
Fallon has inspired more women to watch the sport and pick up a set of arrows for themselves, and it is unlikely her achievement will sink in until after the PDC World Championships have finished on New Year’s Day 2020.
Regardless of the outcome of her second-round match, Fallon will be tipped for the 2020 BDO Ladies World title which follows a week after the conclusion of the PDC Championships at the London O2 Arena.
The PDC World Darts Championships December 13 – January 1, 2020, can be viewed via Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland and various other channels across the World. If you are outside the UK, then head over to PDCHD.tv and subscribe to the live stream.
The BDO World Professional Darts Championships starts on the 4th January and concludes on 12th January crowning a Men’s, Ladies and a Youth Champion.
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