Fallon Sherrock first female darts player to beat man at world championship

LONDON -- Fallon Sherrock became the first female darts player to beat a man at the PDC World Championship on Tuesday.

Sherrock, a former runner-up at the women's world championship, recovered from losing the opening set to beat Ted Evetts 3-2 in front of a raucous crowd at Alexandra Palace in London. The Englishwoman made six 180s -- a perfect score over three darts -- and had a match average of 91.12 in their first-round match.

She clinched the victory with a second attempt at double 18.

"What I've just done tonight, I hope it just proves that women, we can beat the men, we can play well against the men," Sherrock said after her match.

Women's world champion Mikuru Suzuki took James Richardson to a sudden-death leg in the fifth set before losing on Monday. Three other women -- Gayl King, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton -- have played matches at a PDC World Championship, darts' flagship event.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.