Mikuru Suzuki: Female darts star narrowly misses out on historic win

Mikuru Suzuki almost made history on Sunday. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Mikuru Suzuki fell agonisingly short of making history after losing 3-2 to James Richardson in the PDC World Championship.

The 37-year-old Japanese darts player would have become the first woman to win a match in the competition’s history, but lost on the final leg.

Having been just one leg from defeat in the early exchanges - the reigning women’s world champion made only two of the first 15 doubles - Suzuki recovered by winning five legs in succession.

After an early 151 checkout, Suzuki missed four darts on the first set (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
But after five consecutive victories, she lost on the final deciding set. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)

But on the final leg, with victory within touching distance, she fell to defeat.

Speaking through an interpreter Suzuki, who claimed her first BDO women's crown last year, said: "The crowd cheering me made me very happy, I will be back next year."

England’s Fallon Sherrock, the other female in the championships, faces Ted Evetts on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Hungarian Daniela Bata-Bogdanov became the first female stage official in the tournament’s history.

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