Mikuru Suzuki stormed into the semi-finals of the BDO Women’s World Professional Darts Championship as she defeated the Netherland’s Sharon Prins 2-0 in a hard-fought match-up.
The Japanese sensational defeated three-time World Champion Lisa Ashton on the opening day of the tournament and claimed another scalp in number seven seed, Sharon Prins. Despite the scoreline, Suzuki will know there is plenty of room for improvement in the semi-final after what she considered a poor performance against Prins.
After a scrappy first set, Suzuki would improve in the second set of the match. A first 180 in the fourth leg of the match was enough to open up a gap as Prins struggled to find her scoring game. Following her double trouble in the first set, she cleaned up much better as she progressed to the final four, continuing her magnificent debut year on the Frimley Green stage.
Maria O’Brien became the second women’s player to confirm her place in the semi-final’s as she defeated tournament favourite Fallon Sherrock in one of the most efficient performances we’ve seen in 2019.
‘OB’ recently made the final of the PDC World Championship qualifier and was defeated by Lisa Ashton in the final. She will now be looking to reach her first final on the Frimley Green stage after beating Sherrock in the quarter-finals.
O’Brien was lethal throughout the contest, recording a 40% checkout rate as she took the match 2-0 against the Milton Keynes ace. Double top handed her the opening set and a break of through in the second gave Sherrock plenty of ground to make up.
Sherrock turned the game on its head with an excellent shot on double eight, but O’Brien would nail tops again for two apiece. Some more heavy scoring from the former Romanian Classic winner gave the time to close out the contest in two sets, putting her into a first-ever Lakeside semi-final.
Krzysztof Kciuk’s magical Lakeside run came to an abrupt end as he was defeated in straight sets by a confident looking Scott Mitchell. ‘Scotty Dog’ took the trophy home in 2015 and will be hoping to claim the BDO’s biggest prize once again, after he defeated Kciuk to reach the final eight.
Whereas Mitchell couldn’t reproduce the sensational average from his match with Oliver Ferenc, he did put in a professional performance in beating the tournaments surprise package.
The Dorset thrower was out of the blocks quickly with a 3-2 victory against the throw, before closing out the second set in a more convincing fashion. An 81 checkout in the third set increased the advantage to three before a brief comeback from Kciuk was fended off late in the fourth set. A pinpoint Shanghai 120 checkout took the set to a decider where Mitchell’s experience would show. Two missed darts were pounced on by Scott who reached the quarter-final stage for the third time in his career.
Results – 10th January 2019
Leighton Bennett 3-0 Nathan Girvan (Youth World Final)
Mikuru Suzuki 2-0 Sharon Prins
Maria O’Brien 2-0 Fallon Sherrock
Scott Mitchell 4-0 Krzysztof Kciuk
19:00 – Lorraine Winstanley Vs Trina Gulliver
19:30 – David Cameron Vs Kyle McKinstry
21:15 – Anastasia Dobromyslova Vs Aileen de Graaf
21:45 – Glen Durrant Vs Scott Baker