The opening weekend of the 2021 PDC Women’s Series in Niedernhausen has been cancelled due to low entry numbers. The…
The opening weekend of the 2021 PDC Women’s Series in Niedernhausen has been cancelled due to low entry numbers.
The first quartet of 12 Women’s Series events had been due to be staged in Germany from August 28-29 , offering £20,000 in prize money across the weekend.
However, due to a low number of entries, the events have been cancelled and will now be moved to be staged as part of the two UK weekends in September and October.
The majority of the 22 entrants had come from UK-based players, leaving the PDC with a straightforward logistical decision.
PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter said: “It’s a shame that these events didn’t attract a higher number of entries.
“It doesn’t make sense for us to proceed with the cost of staging the events for such a low number of players, with only a handful being from mainland Europe.
“Almost all the 22 players who entered by Tuesday’s closing date were from the UK and we don’t want to deny those players the opportunity to compete across all 12 events, so we have taken the decision to reschedule the four German events to the later weekends in this year’s Women’s Series.
“We appreciate that there are ongoing issues regarding travel during the Covid-19 pandemic, and also the cost of travel at present, so this will help the players who did show commitment to save on expenses too.
“We look forward to staging our further weekends in Milton Keynes in September and Barnsley in October and providing great opportunities for ambitious female players.”
Each day of the planned September and October weekends will now incorporate an extra event to make up the full 12 event schedule.
The top two players from the final Women’s Series Order of Merit will qualify to compete in the 2021/22 William Hill World Championship.
In addition, the leading money-earned from each respective weekend will qualify for November’s Grand Slam of Darts.
PDC Women’s Series 2021 – Revised Schedule
Events 1-3 – Saturday September 25, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
Events 4-6 – Sunday September 26, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
Events 7-9 – Saturday October 23, Barnsley Metrodome
Events 10-12 – Sunday October 24, Barnsley Metrodome