This year sees the introduction of two new women’s slots to the annual PDC World Championship and the first of those, to be decided today in the Maritim Hotel, Dusseldorf, will see a ‘Rest of the World’ qualifier enter the 96 strong field. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the qualifier:
What will the qualifier decide?
PDC chairman Barry Hearn announced in June that there would be an extended field at this year’s world championship, which would also include two designated women’s qualifiers. Today’s qualifier is the first of two women’s qualifiers to take place ahead of the 2019 PDC World Championship: one will decide a UK qualifier and one will decide a Rest of the World qualifier. Both will enter the field at the first round stage and, if they were to win their game, could face any of the PDC’s top 32, who enter the event at the second round stage.
How many are participating?
The tournament has seen 105 entries from outside the UK and Ireland.
Which notable names are taking part?
Amongst those entered are three-times BDO world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova, 2017 BDO world finalist Corrine Hammond and former World Master Aileen de Graaf.
Is it a seeded draw?
The draw is open, meaning that no players are protected by seeding or draw.
What time does it start?
The draw for the qualifier is going to be made at 4pm UK time, with action commencing an hour later at 5pm.
Where can I find information about the draw?
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