2019/20 PDC World Championship
Will use this post for any announcements re the 2019/20 PDC Worlds at Ally Pally so they are all in one place.  First up:

Women's Qualifiers Dates Confirmed

THE two Women's Qualifiers for the 2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship will be held during November following confirmation of the details for this year's events.

Two spots in the 96-player field for the World Championship are on offer in the dedicated Women's Qualifiers, which are open to all female players worldwide.

The UK & Ireland Women's Qualifier will be held on Monday November 25 at the Robin Park Tennis Centre in Wigan, to follow the PDPA Qualifier earlier that day.

The Rest of the World Women's Qualifier will be held in Saturday November 16 at Halle 39 in Hildesheim, Germany.

Last year, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton were the two Women's Qualifiers for the World Championship, with both making a strong impression at Alexandra Palace.

Ashton took the first set from Jan Dekker at an average of 106 before eventually losing 3-1, while Dobromyslova was defeated by eventual quarter-finalist Ryan Joyce.

Entry to both qualifying events will be FREE and will be open to any female player aged 16 or over. Entry is based on citizenship as outlined in PDC Rule 7.6.

Entries must be made through www.pdcplayers.com. Players who have competed in PDC events in 2019 will use their existing login details, and players who have not previously competed this year must Register with this system before being able to enter.

Both Women's Qualifiers will be played with an open, unseeded draw.

2019/2020 William Hill World Darts Championship
Rest of the World Women's Qualifier
Saturday November 16

Halle 39, Hildesheim, Germany
Registration 0900-1100
Play Commences 1200
Entry Deadline: Friday November 15 1400 GMT
For hotel bookings please contact hotel@pdc-europe.tv

UK & Ireland Women's Qualifier
Monday November 25

Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan, UK
Registration 1100-1300
Play Commences as soon as possible following the conclusion of the PDPA Qualifier
Entry Deadline: Friday November 22 1400 GMT

It's a pity that there's a collison with the Czech Open. The same like the last year. I didn't check the dates twice but I reckon it's the same weekend.
Yes the ROW qualifier is on the same weekend as the Czech Open again.

The UK qualifier is the Monday after a weekend event in Italy (so Trina and Paula will most likely be going there instead of Wigan, but I bet Trina will accept the Sky punditry role and money if offered that again).
I wondered if they might have opened up a third spot for a female player for the Asian region to heighten the chances of a Suzuki appearance which would be a big boost to the game. Hopefully she enters the ROW qualifiers and wins through.
(06-10-2019, 04:39 PM)mc1958 Wrote: Yes the ROW qualifier is on the same weekend as the Czech Open again.  

The UK qualifier is the Monday after a weekend event in Italy (so Trina and Paula will most likely be going there instead of Wigan, but I bet Trina will accept the Sky punditry role and money if offered that again).

I don't think Gulliver should be offered that role again. I don't think it was necessary to add a female pundit just because there were female participants but even so they must not have done much testing as she really struggled to articulate any thoughts of any substance, made for very awkward viewing and listening both in the studio and in commentary.

If they insist on keeping a female pundit I thought for example Laura Turner done a much better job in her stint in the comms box during Lakeside.
I'd love to see Suzuki at Ally Pally but I don't really know of any other notable ladies players from Asia. Or at least they just aren't playing enough steel tip to justify another qualifying spot. I think the 2 spots for women are fair and I don't think they should get more.

As for Trina, I watched most of Ally Pally with Hungarian commentary. But from what I've seen/read, she did an atrocious job. Deta Hedman is often heard commentating too, I'd say she would have been a better choice. Howeve overall I too don't see the need for a female pundit to be there at all. I think you can justify having female players there for a few reasons (even apart from it obviously being a huge marketing stunt), but I just don't think the same goes for commentators.
Both Laura or Deta would be far better choices than Trina - unfortunately neither of them have won the ladies World Championship, and probably more importantly for the Sky brigade, neither of them are gay.

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