World Series Finals draw and schedule: Defending champion Van Gerwen faces either Durrant or Van den Bergh
Defending champion Michael van Gerwen will take on either Glen Durrant or Dimitri Van den Bergh in the second round of the 2020 World Series of Darts Finals.
Following the cancellation of World Series of Darts tournaments worldwide, including planned visits to New York and Australia, the World Series Finals will act as a stand-alone tournament this year.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic bringing the globe-spanning series to the ground, 24 players from across the world will head to Salzburg in Austria this weekend to compete in the annual invitational.
Van Gerwen regained his World Series Finals crown last November, denying fellow Dutchman Danny Noppert to lift his fourth title on home soil in Amsterdam.
The world number one will lock horns with either three-time world champion Durrant or recently-crowned World Matchplay champion Van den Bergh, following the pair’s potentially thrilling first round clash.
Meanwhile, old enemies Mensur Suljovic and Krzysztof Ratajski encounter one another once again, 15 years after their first of many meetings in the soft-tip European Championship final, with the winner facing Michael Smith.
Global sensation Fallon Sherrock will become the first female thrower to compete in the World Series, with the trailblazing 26-year-old meeting Jeff Smith in the opening round.
Sherrock returns to the screens of darts spectators for the first time since her brief Premier League appearance, with the victor of her match against Smith taking on James Wade.
Sherrock will be aiming to create further history on Friday evening in Austria (Photography: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Damon Heta, who claimed his maiden ranking title on Sunday afternoon during the PDC Autumn Series in Niedernhausen, has drawn Ian White in an enticing first round affair.
His Brisbane Darts Masters success as part of last year’s World Series circuit sparked a glittering 12 months for the Australian, and he will take on White for the first time since becoming a professional.
Harry Ward and Lithuanian Darius Labanauskas will commence the tournament on Friday evening, before New Zealander Cody Harris faces Dave Chisnall.
Joe Cullen makes his first World Series appearance in four years as he takes on debutant Vincent van der Voort, while Simon Whitlock meets former world champion Steve Beaton.
The World Series of Darts Finals commences on Friday evening in Salzburg, with the unseeded players meeting in the first round, before the eight seeded players enter at the proceeding hurdle.
WORLD SERIES OF DARTS FINALS
Salzburgarena, Salzburg, Austria
Friday September 18
Harry Ward v Darius Labanauskas
Ian White v Damon Heta
Cody Harris v Dave Chisnall
Vincent van der Voort v Joe Cullen
Jeff Smith v Fallon Sherrock
Krzysztof Ratajski v Mensur Suljovic
Glen Durrant v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Simon Whitlock v Steve Beaton
Saturday September 19
Sunday September 20
Sunday September 20
(1) Michael van Gerwen v Durrant/Van den Bergh
(8) James Wade v J Smith/Sherrock
(4) Michael Smith v Ratajski/Suljovic
(5) Rob Cross v Whitlock/Beaton
(2) Peter Wright v White/Heta
(7) Daryl Gurney v Harris/Chisnall
(3) Gerwyn Price v Van der Voort/Cullen
(6) Nathan Aspinall v Ward/Labanauskas
Winner – £70,000
Runner-Up – £30,000
Semi-Finalists – £20,000
Quarter-Finalists – £15,000
Second Round – £7,5000
First Round – £5,000
First Round – Best of 11 legs
Second Round – Best of 11 legs
Quarter-Finals – Best of 19 legs
Semi-Finals – Best of 21 legs
Final – Best of 21 legs
(Featured Image: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)