January 17, 2019

Mikuru Suzuki was the story of the Lakeside Women’s World Professional Darts Championship as she went on to claim the BDO’s biggest prize on her first attempt. The Japanese sensation didn’t drop a set throughout the tournament and defeated four-time champion Lisa Ashton in the opening round.

The darts world was shocked as ‘The Miracle’ put an end to ‘The Lancashire Rose’s’ chances of another World title after beating her on the opening session at the Lakeside. Suzuki would go on to defeat Sharon Prins and then Maria O’Brien to reach the final on Saturday afternoon.

The 36-year-old would produce her best darts of the tournament under the extreme pressure of a World Championship final, running away 3-0 winner over Lorraine Winstanley. A 148 checkout in the opening set along with a handful of 180’s and a six-dart run into the perfect leg signalled her intent to the darting universe.

Elsewhere in the competition, Trina Gulliver MBE was taken to a last leg decider against another debutant in Karolina Podgórska in her opening round. ‘The Golden Girl’ hitting the bullseye as she went on to claim the match in a nerve-jangling final leg.

Fallon Sherrock would produce the performance of the first round as she defeated Corrine Hammond in a high standard tie. Sherrock reproduced her sensational World Trophy averages from earlier in the year, by reeling in an 89 average to whitewash Corrine Hammond in round one.

Lorraine Winstanley’s path to the final would begin with a nip-and-tuck victory over Casey Gallagher, but she produced a more confident victory over Trina Gulliver. Russia’s Anastasia Dobromyslova would push her all the way at the semi-final stage, but Winstanley would hold her nerve to progress to the first World Championship final of her career.

Ultimately it wouldn’t be Winstanley’s year after was defeated by Suzuki in the final. But she will gain confidence from the best Lakeside performance of her career. With the standard of Ladies darts better than ever, next year could be even tighter, with more top names vying for the biggest prize in women’s darts. 

BY JOSH GREEN (@JoshGreenMedia)