Studd reacts to PDC Women’s Series announcement: “This is the first step, but it's certainly a very big step”
One of the big stories as of late has come from the introduction of the PDC Women’s Series and as a long-term advocate of Women’s Darts, Sky Sports commentator Rod Studd was very pleased with the news.
Studd hopes that players take the opportunity and he believes it could lead to more including a dedicated tour and World Championship if it goes well.
"It's absolutely brilliant news and it's a real step forward," Studd said to The Darts Show Podcast’s Paul Prenderville. "It's to be welcomed. Women's darts is going to be a massive growth area and it's pleasing to see the PDC recognising that.
"It started to plan some it's resources into that project and I'm sure it will be welcomed by all of the players. They'll be straight on the practice boards because they know that this will be a big opportunity for a lot of players. Not just the big-hitters like Fallon Sherrock, Lisa Ashton and Mikuru Suzuki, but for all women's darts players.
"There's a chance to play for prize money at these events individually, but then it also forms qualifying in a series of tournaments for the world championship itself, which is everybody's ambition."
"This is the first step, but it's certainly a very big step," he continued. "The PDC are not an organisation to rest on its laurels and put its feet up so let's hope they can make more strives forward and it would be good to have a mini-tournament in terms of TV events.
I'm not talking about fields of 64 but even if you started off with an eight-woman field I'm sure we won't be far from having an official PDC women's ranking list. There's no reason why they shouldn't.
"Once we've got that we won't be very far from having a PDC women's world championship because we don't know what's going to happen with the BDO world championship at the moment so there is a possible gap in the calendar.”