Fallon Sherrock didn’t "feel comfortable" at US Masters after first-round exit

Fallon Sherrock has promised to bounce back from her disappointing first-round exit at the US Darts Masters in New York having slipped to a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Leonard Gates.

The former Grand Slam quarter-finalist was not at her best on the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden stage and couldn't make it past the first round with Michael Smith going on to lift the trophy.

Fallon took to Twitter to explain her lack of form to supporters but didn't want to make any excuses, before promising to return in style at the World Series of Darts in Copenhagen later this month.

Fallon wrote on Twitter: "Was not to be tonight… I did not feel comfortable as I walked to the stage, so no excuses…

"Had a wonderful experience this week and thank you to everything for the support all week…

"I will be back stronger next week in @OfficialPDC WSOD Copenhagen – until then."

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After her 51-year-old opponent took out 82 in some style, three-time world champion John Part said on commentary: "Leonard Gates wraps up an extremely solid performance, Fallon Sherrock incredibly disappointed with the events here."

"The energy was something I've never experienced here in North America before – it was great!" admitted Gates.

"It wasn't her A-game but she's done a lot of great things for darts and women's darts, and I applaud her. She's definitely the crowd favourite but I had to play my game."

Fallon said before the event that she hopes to take inspiration from tennis sensation Emma Raducanu going forward, having already made history with her wins over Ted Evetts and then Mensur Suljovic at the 2019 PDC World Championships.

She said: “Can I be the next Emma in New York? I hope so – I'll be trying like mad. But in a way I definitely feel for her – the pressure can be horrible.

“I do feel sorry for her when there's a social media pile-on. The online abuse is ridiculous, and I don't understand why the social media platforms don't do anything about it. I just try to ignore everyone, deal with the pressure I put on myself to perform, chill out and play."

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