British darts player Fallon Sherrock revealed she was "so proud" after becoming the first woman to reach a televised PDC Tour final at the Nordic Masters.
The 27-year-old Sherrock was on track to become the first female player to win a major PDC title. Competing in Copenhagen, she stunned world number five Dimitri van den Bergh in the semi-final, winning 11-10 after recovering from a 7-1 deficit.
Former world number one Michael van Gerwen was waiting in the final. To the surprise of the 4,000 supporters at Forum Copenhagen, Sherrock took an early 6-3 lead.
This was not to last, however, with van Gerwen fighting back to win six straight legs. He eventually triumphed 11-7.
"I was so proud of myself, especially to push Michael as much as I did," Sherrock said. "I can't even put into words how I was feeling [when I was 6-3 up]. I was shaking. It's Michael van Gerwen, and I was so close to him.
"I've taken every opportunity that I can get, showing everyone how I can play and pushing one of the best in the world, I'm so happy."
What was the reaction to Fallon Sherrock’s performance?
Van Gerwen, who earned his 16th World Series title, was full of praise for Sherrock.
"I can only give credit to Fallon for how she played," he said. "She played a phenomenal tournament and I think she played one of the best games of her life in the final. I had to find another gear [to beat her]."
He reiterated his comments on Twitter, posting: "She pushed me harder than some tour card holders. She is a top talent not for ladies darts, but for darts."
Sports journalist Chris Hammer described the event as a "world class final".
"Michael van Gerwen's fired up reactions on key shots and victory celebration just shows how much pressure he was feeling from Fallon Sherrock en route to his 57th televised title," he wrote on Twitter.
Who is Fallon Sherrock?
Sherrock made history in 2019, becoming the first ever women to win a match at the PDC World Championships after defeating Ted Evetts 3-2 in the opening round.
She went on to defeat Mensur Suljović 3-1 in the second round, but eventually lost 4-2 in the third round to Chris Dobey.
Her achievements saw her nicknamed "Queen of the Palace" after darts venue Alexandra Palace, and she received praise from tennis legend Billie Jean King and actress Sarah Jessica Parker.
Sherrock first started playing darts at county youth level aged 17, before going on to win the Girls World Masters and Jersey Open in 2012. She triumphed at the Women's British Classic in 2013.
The darts star has a son, Rory, who was born in 2014. After her pregnancy, Sherrock suffered from a kidney condition. She had treatment for the condition in 2017, causing her face to swell up.
Sherrock has discussed the online abuse she received during that period, telling BBC Sport: "Now if I see a silly comment, I literally just go past it. It's not going to make a positive difference to my life reading a nasty comment."News Now - Sport News