Momo Zhou, who has died, aged 31, became the second female player to feature at the World Cup of Darts, after Anastasia Dobromyslova represented Russia in the 2010 edition
Last Updated: 02/02/23 5:40pm
China’s former World Cup of Darts star Momo Zhou has died, aged 31.
Zhou made sporting history in June 2018, becoming the first woman to represent China in a televised PDC event at the World Cup of Darts in Frankfurt.
Teaming up with Xiaochen Zong, Zhou became the second female player to feature at the World Cup of Darts, after Anastasia Dobromyslova represented Russia in the 2010 edition.
The Chinese trailblazer won the hearts of the darting world on her big stage bow, cheekily celebrating a missed dart from their Swiss opponents during their first-round tie at the Eissporthalle.
Zhou began her darting journey a decade ago, playing soft-tip darts in her hometown of Dandong, and within five years she was representing her country on the sport’s biggest stage.
“We send our condolences to Momo’s friends and family at this difficult time,” said PDC chief executive Matt Porter.
“Momo was a popular figure on the circuit and made promising progress in her career, creating a legacy by becoming the first woman to represent China on the big stage.”
Further tributes have been paid on social media from across the darting world, with Paul Nicholson, Deta Hedman and Lorraine Winstanley among those paying their respects.
Source : Sky Sports