Fallon Sherrock has again missed out on a lucrative PDC tour card for the 2022 season following a 6-3 defeat by Nathan Treadgold during the Final Stage of UK Qualifying School.
Having been nicknamed the Queen of the Palace after making history with wins over Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic at the 2020 PDC Darts World Championships, Sherrock failed to qualify in 2021.
On her return to Ally Pally in December, Sherrock lost 3-2 in her first round clash against Steve Beaton, and has since been hit with further disappointment.
After another early exit in UK Q School on Friday left her needing an overall victory in Saturday's final event, she got off to a good start after beating Jarred Cole 6-5.
However, Treadgold proved too strong as he cruised to victory in the following round, leaving Sherrock with no remaining chance of securing a tour card for 2022.
Sherrock was one of 128 players battling it out for only 17 tour cards on the final day of action, having already lost to Danny Lauby and Joshua Richardson previously.
The 27-year-old was looking to become only the second woman to earn a place on the PDC Tour after Lisa Ashton achieved it back in 2020, but will now have to wait until 2023.
A Tour Card allows players to compete in all Players Championships and European Tour Qualifiers for two years, with further qualifiers taking place for European based stars.
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Although she still came up short, Sherrock can take some positives from her rising average at Q-School going from 75.34 in 2020 to 89.24 in 2022.
Before the failed pursuit to get on the tour, Sherrock had been talked about for a potential Premier League place by PDC Chairman Eddie Hearn.
Hearn said in early December: "I look at it with a commercial eye and I see the golden ticket for darts.
"Although Fallon's was a great performance a couple of years ago, many people felt it was a one-off, a unique moment we wouldn't see again.
"But the exposure she brought our sport is very difficult to reproduce and she has kept performing under a lot of pressure. It's not a gimmick, she is for real.
"It is for the PDC board to look at the make-up of the next Premier League, but I have to say – with my commercial hat on – that if she keeps performing at these levels, I would love to see her in it.
"I don't agree with putting her straight in the Premier League on the back of one upset. You have to allow people to be there on merit.
"But if she keeps producing performances like she did at the Grand Slam and elsewhere, you can't ignore the value and profile she brings to the table.
"If she can do that, she's got to be in with a great chance – but she has to do it the right way."
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