Fallon Sherrock set for return to competitive action next month in Austria after shielding from coronavirus

Fiona Tomas
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Fallon Sherrock throws in her match against Glen Durrant during day two of the Unibet Premier League at Motorpoint Arena - Fallon Sherrock set to return to competitive action next month in Austria after shielding from coronavirus - GETTY IMAGES
Fallon Sherrock throws in her match against Glen Durrant during day two of the Unibet Premier League at Motorpoint Arena - Fallon Sherrock set to return to competitive action next month in Austria after shielding from coronavirus - GETTY IMAGES

Fallon Sherrock looks poised to return to competitive action at the World Series Finals in Austria next month in what would be her first appearance since having to shield during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 26-year-old, who made history last year after becoming the first woman to beat a man at the PDC World Championships, is one of 12 players to be invited to the event, which is due to take place in Salzburg over the weekend of September 18-20. 

It would be a first tournament since the pandemic hit for Sherrock, who in June told Telegraph Sport she was at high risk of contracting coronavirus and was shielding due to an ongoing kidney complaint.

Her exploits in reaching the third round at Alexandra Palace last year saw her earn a spot at the World Series of Darts events this year, but that event was one of several abandoned in the wake of the pandemic. 

Other participants at the 24-player tournament, which are made up of eight seeded players against the 12 invited individuals, include world number one Michael Van Gerwen and world champion Peter Wright.

The Women's Series in October, a new four-day event which was announced by the PDC earlier this week, could also feature on Sherlock's upcoming schedule. 

The mini-tour will see 16 players compete for a chance to qualify for both the World Darts Championship and the Grand Slam of Darts, and is likely to attract Lisa Ashton, who became the first woman to win a PDC Tour Card at Qualifying School earlier this year.

The tournament is set to replace the two separate qualifying tournaments for the World Championship, with two places available at the 2020-21 tournament based on prize money won across the four events between October 17-18 in Cannock.