PDC to stage inaugural Women’s World Matchplay in 2022

The PDC has announced the introduction of the Women’s World Matchplay on Sunday July 24 in Blackpool.

The eight-player tournament will be held in one afternoon session at the iconic Winter Gardens during the week of the World Matchplay, with a £25,000 prize fund on offer, as well as a place in November’s Grand Slam of Darts.

The field will be comprised of the top eight players from the 2022 PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit following the first 12 events of the year.

The Women’s World Matchplay will be the first fully-televised event staged by the PDC and takes the PDC’s commitment to women’s darts to £125,000 in prize money this year.

“We’re delighted to be able to add the Betfred Women’s World Matchplay to our calendar,” said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter.

“We have expanded our commitment to women’s darts in recent years following the introduction of the PDC Women’s Series, and we feel that the time is right to give these players a televised tournament.

“The Winter Gardens in Blackpool is an iconic venue which hosts top-class darts, and it’s fitting that eight top women will now get to grace the stage in July to compete in the Betfred Women’s World Matchplay, live on Sky Sports.

“This event will take our total prize fund for women’s events to £125,000 this year as we continue to create opportunities at a professional level for players across our developmental tours.”

Qualification for the Betfred Women’s World Matchplay will be based on prize money across the year’s opening 12 PDC Women’s Series events.

The opening PDC Women’s Series weekend will be staged on March 12-13 in Barnsley, with two events held per day.

The second weekend will be held on April 30-May 1 in Wigan, with the decisive third weekend taking place on June 25-26 in Barnsley.

A further two PDC Women’s Series weekends will be held on August 27-28 in Niedernhausen and on October 29-30 in Wigan, with two events taking place per day across each two-day weekend.

The 2021 PDC Women’s Series Order of Merit was won by Fallon Sherrock – who qualified alongside Lisa Ashton to compete in both the Grand Slam and World Darts Championship.

Ashton had also competed on the PDC ProTour in 2021/22 as a Tour Card Holder, while Sherrock reached the Nordic Masters final last year and both players achieved ton-plus averages in televised games.

Mikuru Suzuki also secured a Women’s Series event win last year, and both Deta Hedman and Anastasia Dobromyslova have joined Suzuki, Sherrock and Ashton in competing at the PDC World Championship in recent years.

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PDC Women’s Series 2022 Dates

Events 1-4 – March 12-13, Barnsley Matrodome
Events 5-8 – April 30-May 1, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan
Events 9-12 – June 25-26, Barnsley Metrodome
Betfred Women’s World Matchplay – July 24, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Events 13-16 – August 27-28, H+ Hotel Niedernhausen
Events 17-20 – October 29-30, Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan

Betfred Women’s World Matchplay 2022

Sunday July 24

1pm-5pm
Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final

Prize Fund
Winner £10,000 + place in the Grand Slam of Darts
Runner-Up £5,000
Semi-Finalists £2,500 each
Quarter-Finalists £1,250 each
Total £25,000