Fallon Sherrock loves when “crowd goes mental” and relishing Peter Wright clash

Fallon Sherrock proved sequels can be just as jaw-dropping as the original by casting her spell on baffled Mensur Suljovic again.

In a repeat of their meeting at Alexandra Palace two years ago, when Sherrock became the first woman to beat male opposition at the PDC World Championship, she swept past Suljovic 10-5 to reach the Cazoo Grand Slam of Darts quarter-finals.

And as the Queen of the Palace made history look remarkably routine, the sound of breaking glass in Wolverhampton last night was another glass ceiling being shattered.

Sherrock will now meet former world champion Peter Wright, who demolished her 5-1 in the group stage last weekend – and she is relishing her second chance to find an antidote to 'Snakebite' and his venom.

She said: “I'm so glad to be playing Peter again – we get on really well in the practice room and this time I'm hoping I can hit all the doubles I missed last time.

“I'm so proud to be the first woman to win a knockout tie at the Grand Slam and reach the quarter-finals.

“There's been a lot more pressure than normal over the past few days, but I love it when I hit 180 and the crowd goes mental. It gives me such a buzz.”

Just as he did at Ally Pally, Suljovic lived up to his nickname 'Gentle' – he was a soft touch.

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He averaged a mediocre 84.18 against Sherrock's 90.58, he was outgunned 3-1 on the 180 maximums and the former Bletchley hairdresser's finishing was superior.

When she meekly surrendered first two legs, it looked like Suljovic would have an easy night.

But then, out of nowhere, Sherrock produced an 11-dart leg to get on the scoreboard and a 124 checkout on the bullseye – and she disappeared over the horizon.

By the time Suljovic, lunging at the board, knew what had hit him, Her Majesty was 6-3 up, outscoring him and outplaying him.

Sherrock, 27, had pleaded with the crowd not to boo the Austrian, and her wish was their command. They didn't need to boo Suljovic because he was so poor.

But take nothing away from Sherrock. She was terrific – again – and she will blow the roof off Aldersley Leisure Village if she takes her hair straighteners to Wright's mohawk.

And don't bet against it.

Wright knocked out 'Special One' Jose de Sousa 10-9 – but by his own admission, 'Snakebite' served up a load of cobras in surprisingly low-quality contest.

He admitted: “It's always hard trying to take out the defending champion, who was never going to give it up easily, but I was disappointed with the way I played.”

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