Described as Phil Taylor of female darts, the Japanese Mikuru Suzuki already has plans to master the sport after becoming the first Asian player to capture a world title.
Deadeye, 37, known as "The Miracle" in a play of her first name, is slowly becoming accustomed to her new celebrity after a stunning victory at the BDO World Championship in January.
Suzuki did not drop a set on his way to the title in a tungsten stain that dart legend Taylor would have been proud of. A late blooming in a game that was once associated with beer bellies and smoke-filled pubs, Suzuki started playing darts at age 26 and admits he did not always have such a strong blow.
His family also had a dim view of their decision to practice a little-known sport in Japan beyond flashy dart bars with intermittent electronic dashboards.
With his whitish blond hair, Suzuki has his own style, bouncing on stage with the music of the children's song "Baby Shark" before touching his rivals.
With only about 1,600 professional players across the country, and fewer than 350 of them women, the darts have not yet entered the mainstream in Japan crazy about baseball.
Life has changed for Suzuki since she won the world title, but she promises there will be more to come. "The most important thing is that people outside of Japan know my name now," he said. So, there is still room to improve. There's a lot more I want to achieve. "
Mikuru Suzuki is a Japanese darts player, who currently plays in the events of the British Darts Organization. She is the current women's world champion.
In 2018, Suzuki qualified for the BDO 2019 Darts World Championship as a qualifier, where it caused a big surprise by defeating the reigning champion and number two- and four-times champion Lisa Ashton in the first round, 2 sets to 0. Quarterfinals of the fourth of the championship she defeated the Dutch player Sharon Prins by the same score to reach the semifinal. In the Semifinals, once again by 2 sets to 0, she defeated Maria O'Brien keeping her Lakeside record of not leaving any set completely intact to reach her first BDO Darts World Championship final on her debut. She went on to defeat Lorraine Winstanley 3-0 to win the title in her debut year. She did not lose a set on the way to the title, and only lost two stages in the Final.
By: Preeti Narula