Everyone who tipped Mikuru Suzuki to cause Lisa Ashton problems at the Lakeside was proved correct on Saturday.
The reigning Lakeside champion, who recently competed at the Ally Pally, was widely backed to mount a strong title defence. But the Japanese star cantered to victory. Showing the form that saw her dominate on the Asian circuit, Suzuki stole the show from the moment she walked on to Baby Shark to the moment she left the stage a 2-0 winner. The Miracle was understandably delighted after overcoming the odds to win on debut.
“I am very honoured and very happy,” a beaming Suzuki told the BDO in an interview with the aid of a translator.
“I wasn’t even thinking about it (winning 2-0), I just wanted to do whatever I can to win.”
Suzuki, now a member of the Target stable, won both sets 3-2 to claim victory. In the quarter-finals, the first ever Japanese women’s representative will face Sharon Prins.
Speaking about her new-found fame, the 36-year-old said: “I’m very happy, and I would like more and more people to know about me.
“I will be watching some games, and will try to motivate myself to be even better in the next match.”
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Author: Ed McCosh