PDC has announced that there will be the first PDC Women’s Series taking place in October.
There will be two places in the 2020/21 World Championship will be on offer for female players based on prize money won across the four events to be held on October 17-18 in Cannock.
The Women’s Series will replace the two separate qualifying tournaments for the World Championship which have been staged over the past two years, offering £20,000 prize money in total across the four events.
Entry will be £25 per player per event, and the Women’s Series will be open to all female players aged 16 and above.
Ahead of the four the Women’s Series events, a separate, free-to-enter Grand Slam of Darts Qualifier will be staged on Friday October 16, offering one place in November’s tournament.
Fallon Sherrock, Mikuru Suzuki, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton will be among the favourites to win the tournament across the four events. This could also be a huge opportunity for the like of Beau Greaves and Lorraine Winstanley to send a statement to the rest of the world.
Ever since the Fallon Sherrock shattered the glass ceiling at Ally Pally back in December, the hype around the ladies game has grown with more and more now playing the sport. Lisa Ashton went on to become the first women ever to win a PDC tour card Q-school in January. Today’s announcement is a huge boost for the ladies game, in what has been a horrible year with many tournaments cancelled due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
“Women’s darts at the top level has never enjoyed as high a profile and this is an important development,” said PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter.
“This year has seen sport worldwide affected by the coronavirus pandemic and it is hugely encouraging at a time when other sports are seeing opportunities for women reduced that we are able to bring in the PDC Women’s Series and create a place in the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts.
“We are also retaining two places in the William Hill World Darts Championship for female players, giving them the opportunity to take part in our sport’s biggest tournament once again after the historic achievements of Fallon Sherrock last December.”
2020 PDC Women’s Series
Friday October 16 – Grand Slam of Darts Qualifier
Saturday October 17 – PDC Women’s Series Events One & Two
Sunday October 18 – PDC Women’s Series Events Three & Four