In 2019, who became the first woman to defeat a man at the annual World Darts Championship?
Fallon Sherrock, 25, from Milton Keynes, England, made darts history on December 17, 2019, when she defeated 22-year-old Englishman Ted Evetts, the 77th-ranked male darts player in the world, three sets to two, in the first round of the P.D.C. World Darts Championships at the Alexandra Palace in London.
Sherrock is the fifth woman to play at the yearly world championship. Men qualify for the event throughout the year on the darts tour, but in recent years, the event has saved two spots in the 96-player field for the winners of two qualifying events for women. The other woman this year, Mikuru Suzuki of Japan, lost, 3-2, in her match against James Richardson.
The most comparable feat to Sherrock’s could be the 10-8 victory by Reanne Evans of England over Robin Hull of Finland in 2017 at the world snooker championship - another male-dominated sport - at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.
American Stacy Bromberg defeated Englishwoman Tricia Wright to become the one and only champion at the short-lived PDC Women's World Championship event in Blackpool, England in 2010.