Devon Petersen believes that the criticism surrounding Fallon Sherrock and her PDC World Darts Championship spot last minute despite not initially qualifying is unfair and that if there was a proper ranking, she would be number one due to winning the major she did at the Women's World Matchplay.
"You look at women's sport in the case of darts, Fallon Sherrock has been the torchbearer for the longest period. If there was an official women's ranking, she won the Women's World Matchplay so she'd be number one," he said on the Love the Darts podcast.
"With her current ranking as number three, she missed out on playing those tournaments while representing the women on the World Series so there's a lot of sacrifice on her side to get the game where it is now."
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"People stating that it's gifted, if it was any other sport, the World Number One gets chosen anyways. The Women's Series is another criteria and the PDC are working out the criteria on how to select the players from the women's perspective, how to judge and get it right."
A point often stated is that Sherrock herself isn't making the decisions and Petersen reiterates this saying that it's not her fault and that she doesn't have an ego and is only playing darts.
"I think they're being over critical about who Fallon is, what she's done. She's just been gifted etc, she's getting slated all the time on social media which is kind of unfair to her. She's only the player, she's not making the decisions. She's turning up and giving people memorable moments. Everybody makes it about Fallon like it's from an ego (perspective), she is as meek as a kitten."