Fresh off encouraging comments from Barry Hearn, the chairman of BDO, Mikuru Suzuki has just missed out on a classic win.
The Japanese darts star came close to winning a PDC World Championship match and becoming the first woman to do so in her face-off with English darts player James Richardson.
Barry Hearn came out last month in support of female dart's players and said he believed darts was one of the most equal sports in terms of gender.
"The great thing about darts is that it's gender-free, it's gender-neutral.
"It's a level playing field if you're a good enough player it doesn't matter if you're a woman or a man. It doesn't matter if you're fat or thin, I don't care just show me that you can produce big averages and that you can win matches and take out doubles when you're under pressure," he said, something Suzuki is proving with the quality of her playing.
Suzuki is the women’s world champion and came one leg from defeat, to win five successive legs in a row only to lose the deciding leg.
Suzuki went two sets down but worked her way back into the match by winning the next two sets to set-up a final set decider. The 37-year-old pushed her competitor Richardson to the very final set but was unable to check out on 152.
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Speaking through an interpreter to the crowd at Alexandra Palace, Suzuki said: “The crowd cheering me made me very happy, I will be back next year.”
England’s Fallon Sherrock is the only other female player in the competition and she faces Ted Evetts on Tuesday. On Sunday, another moment of history was made at the competition as Hungarian Daniela Bata-Bogdanov became the first female stage official as part of the scoring team.News Now - Sport News