Thousands of darts fans rallied behind Fallon Sherrock after the Queen of the Palace revealed the sick abuse she received on social media following a defeat in an online tournament on Thursday.
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And it seemed to work a treat as the inspired Milton Keynes star bounced back in style 24 hours later by topping the latest MODUS Icons of Darts League table with four wins out of five.
Sherrock defeated Scott Marsh (5-2), Dave Parletti (5-0), David Evans (5-2) and Martin Adams (5-4) before losing to overall runner-up Boris Koltsov (2-5) and said: "Wow. Very, very happy. Thank you to everyone who offered their kind words over the past 24 hours, these messages and winning today have made me very happy."
The 25-year-old, who shot to sporting stardom during her history-making run at the World Championship in December, has continued to entertain darts fans during lockdown as an integral member of the Modus Live League events while she also took on Phil Taylor in a charity match that raised £16,200 for the NHS.
Despite her many fantastic performances, which have been achieved while juggling parenthood and looking after a noisy dog in her home in Milton Keynes, Sherrock has not been immune from the vile side of social media.
Many other professionals, including the likes of Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Kyle Anderson Luke Humphries and Paul Nicholson, have also spoken up about being subject to similar unacceptable treatment on their various platforms, particularly following defeats in online darts tournaments.
After losing to Dave Parletti on Thursday, she received a message on Instagram before sharing it with her 97,000 Twitter followers along with the caption "All I did was not win a game of darts, this is so wrong".
Instantly, thousands of fans replied to throw their support for her as well as condemnation for the abuser, who swiftly had his account suspended.
This kind of abuse is clearly awful for anyone to receive, let alone a member of darting royalty who also regularly interacts and entertains her fans through social media with her miming skills away from the oche.
Recently, former major winner and commentator Paul Nicholson, who also contributes a weekly darts column on these pages, opened up to us about how it can affect players.
He wrote: "A lot of us have been subject to this kind of behaviour, which is horrible to receive but unfortunately it’s pretty much part and parcel of what we do until every account has to be verified.
"Some players have thicker skins than others and I’m not one of them. I’ve shed many tears over the abuse I’ve received down the years – enough to fill a water tank – and I’m not ashamed to say that.
"If I don’t get good results I give myself a backlash which is hard enough, so to get it from others makes it hurts even more. I care what people say about me and my fellow professionals."
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