Suzuki begins title defence with Turner win, Richardson survives Steyer fightback

Mikuru Suzuki has begun the defence of her title starting her 2022 WDF Lakeside World Championship campaign not at her best but survived a brief fightback from Laura Turner in moving through showed class in the end.

Turner missed three darts to break throw and Suzuki got away with it to go 1-0 up. The former missed multiple turns to hold and Suzuki finally took out double two to break and cleaned up the set on double 16.

Suzuki broke throw to begin the second. She missed 120 on double 20 to break and Turner held with a 56 checkout and went one away from a set back.

A 58 checkout on double 10 saw Suzuki hold and it was sent to a decider. A 140 and 125 en route saw her pin double 10 to claim the win.

James Richardson will move through to face Scott Marsh in the second round after surviving a late comeback from Sebastian Steyer to edge through 2-1 in sets.

A 125 followed by 140 was hit by Richardson who missed double 18 for a 156 but returned for double two to break and he swept the opening set from there with a 64 checkout.

Richardson averaged 100 to break throw to start the second set with a 105 checkout and followed that up with a 60 checkout.

Steyer attempted to hit back with a 180 with Richardson missing a 133 checkout to win and Steyer sent the set all the way before hitting double eight to send it all the way.

Richardson held throw to begin the final set as did Steyer to level. ‘Ruthless’ hit a 48 checkout to go 2-1 up and hit two double eights to win through.

Steve Hine also moved through with an excellent display seeing off Kevin Luke in a 2-0 win. It could have gone either way with both sets going all the way but the ‘Muffin Man’ held the edge as he sealed it with an 83 average. He will next face another favourite for the title in Leonard Gates who he will aim to topple.

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