The PDC Women’s Series has been expanded to 12 events in 2021, offering female players more opportunities than ever before…
The PDC Women’s Series has been expanded to 12 events in 2021, offering female players more opportunities than ever before to compete in PDC events.
Places in the 2021/22 William Hill World Championship will be awarded to the top two players based on prize money won across the 12 tournaments, while two spots in the 2021 Grand Slam will also be up for grabs.
The PDC Women’s Series visits Germany for the first time as Events 1-4 take place at the H+ Hotel in Niedernhausen on August 28-29 for the opening weekend of action.
Events 5-8 will be played at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on September 25-26, before the PDC Women’s Series concludes with Events 9-12 at the Barnsley Metrodome on October 23-24.
A total of £60,000 in prize money will be on offer across the 12 events, with the final two weekends to be broadcast live online.
The two places in November’s Grand Slam will go to the leading performers in the second and third weekends respectively, based on cumulative prize money won in Events 5-8 for one place and Events 9-12 for the second place.
The 2021 PDC Women’s Series tour is an expansion of the four events held in 2020, which saw Lisa Ashton and Deta Hedman claim places at Alexandra Palace, while Ashton also qualified for the Grand Slam.
The PDC’s first female Tour Card Holder, Ashton continues to be a trailblazer within the sport, and became the first woman to average over 100 in a televised event in March.
On the news of the expanded PDC Women’s Series, Ashton said: “This is fantastic news for women’s darts.
“Playing in the Women’s Series last year it was fantastic to see so many top players competing, especially with matches streamed.
“The women’s game continues to move in the right direction, and by once again offering places in two of the PDC’s biggest televised events we as players have the chance to keep breaking new ground.”
Entry will be £25 per player per event and will be open to all female players aged 16 and above. Each event will have £5,000 in prize money on offer, including £1,000 to the winner.
Two-time BDO World Champion Mikuru Suzuki, history-maker Fallon Sherrock and Russia’s Anastasia Dobromyslova have also competed in the PDC World Championship in recent years.
PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter said: “Today’s announcement underlines our commitment to providing opportunities to female players.
“Women’s darts continues to enjoy a higher profile than ever before, and we see an expansion of the PDC Women’s Series as the next step in the game’s progression.
“We are pleased that this year’s tour will incorporate events in Germany, reflecting the growth of women’s darts across the world.”
PDC Women’s Series 2021 Dates and Venues
H+ Hotel, Niedernhausen, Germany
Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, UK
Barnsley Metrodome, UK
Prize Fund (Per Event)
Last 16: £100
Last 32: £50