Opening PDC Women's Series events to be hosted in Milton Keynes after cancellation of Germany leg

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    The opening PDC Women's Series events will be hosted in Milton Keynes and Barnsley after Germany events were cancelled due to a low number of entries.

    After the success of last year's Women's Series, the PDC confirmed last month that female players will get more opportunities than ever before.

    The race was due to kick off at the end of the month in Germany for the first time with the H+ Hotel in Niedernhausen hosting four events across two days on August 28 and 29. However, with a low number of entries for the opening four events in Niedernhausen, a decision has been taken to cancel the Germany part of the event.

    Those events have been switched to a reworked schedule that will see the women's game now compete over two weekends in September and October with three tournaments taking place on each of the four days.

    This now means that events have been added in Milton Keynes as well as Barnsley.

    The events taking place in Milton Keynes:

    Saturday September 25th-  Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes  Events 1-3
    Sunday September 26th- Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes  Events 4-6

    "It's a shame that these events didn't attract a higher number of entries," said PDC Chief Executive Matt Porter. "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."

    There will be £20,000 in prize money and places on offer at the World Championship and Grand Slam of Darts.

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