Japan’s ‘Miracle’ Suzuki takes dash by storm in world

Japan’s ‘Miracle’ Suzuki takes dash by storm in world

Described as the Phil Taylor of women’s dashs, Japan’s Miracle Suzuki already has planed to dominate the sport, after becoming the first Asian player to capture a world title.

The dead-eye 37-year-old – known as “The Miracle Suzuki” in a play on her first name — is slowly getting used to her new celebrity following a shock victory at the BDO world championship in January.

“Miracle Suzuki” told AFP in an interview, “It really didn’t decline until I got back to Japan”.

“There were vane waiting for me, at the airport holding a banner. That’s why it was first hit me, the scale of what I had achieved — it was a dream come true,” she added. “Being called world champion is special but I don’t want to stop at one world title, I want to win many more.”

“Miracle Suzuki” did not drop a set on her way to the title in a blur of tungsten trickery, that dashs legend Taylor would have been proud of.

Her 3-0 blowout of Englishwoman Lorraine Winstanley in the final, which included a 148 checkout and back-to-back 180s, capped a magical week at Lakeside for Japan’s darts sensation.

A late bungle in a game once associated with hops inside and smoky pubs, Suzuki began playing darts at 26 and admits she didn’t always pack such a punch.

A late bungle in a game once associated with hops inside and smoky pubs, Suzuki began playing darts at 26 and admits she didn’t always pack such a punch.

“At first I absorb at it,” grinned the bubbly Shikoku native, who worked in a department store selling clothes and cosmetics, before her unusual career switch. “But that’s what got me hooked — I resolved to make the darts fly straight. Though I never thought I would turn pro.”


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