Fallon Sherrock: Darts star on fame, illness, trolls, women players and historic triumphs

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Sherrock’s Twitter following has grown within a month from 14,000 to more than 90,000

“If anything, it has really helped me for whatever comes now.”

This is Fallon Sherrock. Former mobile hairdresser. Single mother. Darts player. History maker.

The 25-year-old is recalling how she dealt with online trolls in 2017 when her faced swelled in reaction to medication for a kidney complaint.

“It made me more determined to prove everyone wrong,” says Sherrock now, reflecting on a whirlwind few weeks where her ground-breaking triumphs made headlines around the world.

The first woman to defeat a man at the PDC World Championship, she followed up by beating another and is now adapting to life as a poster girl for the sport.

“I’m letting it all sink in. Now I feel a bit more proud of myself but I’m in shock about how big it has all got,” she tells BBC Sport.

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