Fallon Sherrock is making the most of her downtime in New York City and enjoyed a visit to the restaurant of famous chef Salt Bae. The darts sensation is currently in the States for the US Darts Masters at Madison Square Garden this weekend.
Before the competition gets underway however, she headed to the restaurant of the Salt Bae, who went viral in January 2017 due to his unique technique for preparing and seasoning meat. Sherrock uploaded the photos to Instagram, beaming while the Turkish chef, real name Nusret Gökçe, put his arm over her shoulder. “Awesome food awesome restaurant … wow,” Sherrock wrote, along with the golden star eyes and heart emojis.
This weekend’s event will mark Sherrock’s return to the big stage after failing to win a PDC Tour Card for 2022. It is her first visit to the United States, and the 27 year-old is hoping to make a big impression in the Big Apple.
"It is my first time to America and there couldn't be a better place to come," Sherrock said. "It is really exciting, I am really excited I have still got the opportunity to come. I love playing on the big stage with all of the crowds. Not getting my tour card was a kick in the teeth. I tried my best, it wasn't good enough at the time, but I love being on the big stage.
"I think if I can win a match here, trying to get my foot in America would be one of the best things I could do, trying to publicise myself a little bit more. I feel really privileged that I have got the opportunity to represent women in darts, playing in this event and others. Hopefully I can go with a bang."
In 2019, Sherrock took the world by storm by becoming the first female player to win a match, and subsequently, two consecutive matches, at the PDC World Championships. During the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts, Sherrock became the first woman to reach the last 16 of a major darts tournament, before she lost a tight match to Peter Wright in the last eight, 16-13. Sherrock qualified for the 2022 World Championships, but was defeated 3–2 by Steve Beaton in the first round.
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The darts star's dream is to qualify for this year's World Championships and in order to achieve that, she would need to finish inside the top two of the PDC Women's Series Order of Merit.
She is currently on track, as she sits second behind Lisa Ashton. "My target for the rest of the year is to get to Ally Pally again, do well in the women's events, play well in the World Series events and establish myself on this circuit," she added.
Sherrock is a part of a stellar US Masters field which includes World champion Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price, Gary Anderson and James Wade. She begins her campaign against qualifier Leonard Gates tonight.
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