By Rod Harrington
Last Updated: 22nd December 2019
Fallon Sherrock stunned the darting world again as she knocked Mensur Suljovic out of the William Hill World Darts Championship with a outstanding performance on Saturday evening.
Four days after making history as the first woman to win a match in the sport’s most prestigious tournament with her victory over Ted Evetts, Sherrock claimed another victory thanks to an incredible display of doubling at Alexandra Palace.
The 25-year-old converted 69% of her double attempts in a 3-1 triumph over Suljovic, the 11th seed, which she sealed with an 86 checkout on the bullseye.
Suljovic looked like he had taken control from the start when he won the first two legs but successive finishes of 81, 131 and 70 saw Sherrock steal set one.
She then added checkouts of 104 and 64 to make it five legs on the spin, but it was Suljovic’s turn to come from behind as he won the next three legs to level the match.
The Austrian took the the first two legs in the third set but Sherrock hit back again, winning the next three with the aid of an 11-darter that began with back-to-back 180s for the second time in the tournament.
Suljovic took a 2-1 lead in the fourth set before Sherrock took out 68 to level and, after her opponent missed a dart at tops to force a fifth set, she punished him in style with a clinical 88 finish.
Daryl Gurney made light work of Justin Pipe as the former World Grand Prix and Players Championship winner completed a 3-0 win.
Pipe took the first leg with a 104 checkout but Northern Ireland’s number one reeled off nine of the next 10 legs to progress.
Gurney will take on Glen Durrant in the third round after the Alexandra Palace debutant eased past Australia’s Damon Heta without losing a set.
The three-time Lakeside Champion added the tournament’s sixth 170 finish in a solid PDC World Championship debut.
Two-time world champion Adrian Lewis won a thrilling battle against Spain’s Cristo Reyes, coming back from two sets down to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Lewis narrowly missed double 12 for a nine-darter as he rallied back from the brink to move into the third round, where he will play Darren Webster.
Simon Whitlock eased past Harry Ward with a straight sets success, in which the Australian number one dropped just two legs.
Former World Championship finalist Whitlock will face Mervyn King in round three as he bids to reach the last-16 for the first time in six years.
Ryan Searle’s 101.54 average is currently the second highest of the tournament so far as he defeated Steve West by three sets to nil.
Devon darter Searle won every set 3-2 to book his place in the last-32, where he will take on two-time world champion Gary Anderson.
Seigo Asada completed a great escape to stun Keegan Brown, who won the first seven legs of their dramatic tie before falling to a tie-break defeat against the Japanese ace.
World Cup semi-finalist Asada took the final set 4-2 with a match-winning 11-darter to set up a third round meeting with Peter Wright.
December 21 afternoon session results:
Seigo Asada 3-2 Keegan Brown (Second Round)
Simon Whitlock 3-0 Harry Ward (Second Round)
Ryan Searle 3-0 Steve West (Second Round)
Adrian Lewis 3-2 Cristo Reyes (Second Round)