2020 BDO World Championship

Defending champion Suzuki books blockbuster final against Ashton

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Mikuru Suzuki of Japan celebrates victory

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ByMichael Hincks
10/01/2020 at 22:37 | Updated 11/01/2020 at 09:34

Four-time BDO World Championship winner Lisa Ashton will face defending champion – and the woman who beat her in the first round last year - Mikuru Suzuki in Saturday evening’s final.

Ashton was the first to progress on Friday, and did so in dominant style at the O2 Arena.

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The top seed is still yet to drop a set after beating Australia’s Corrine Hammond 2-0, in which she won both legs 3-0.

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On Friday evening, Suzuki – who beat Ashton 2-0 last year – battled past 16-year-old Beau Greaves.

Suzuki survived a first-round scare of her own earlier this week, recovering from a set down to beat Maria O'Brien, and she had to be at her best to beat Greaves.

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After Suzuki took the first set, Greaves forced a decider as she targeted a first final.

But Suzuki held her nerve, taking the final set 3-0 to seal a tense victory.

Williams to face Vandenbogaerde, Mitchell takes on Warren in semis

Second seed Jim Williams will face a stern semi-final test against Mario Vandenbogaerde on Saturday for a place in Sunday’s men’s final.

Vandenbogaerde, seeded 11th, overcame David Evans 5-3 in Friday’s second quarter-final.

The Belgian led Evans 2-0 and 3-1 before the Englishman levelled at 3-3, but the comeback was not to be as Vandenbogaerde took the next two sets.

Williams meanwhile powered past Paul Hogan 5-1 as he the Welshman looks to go one better than last year’s semi-final exit.

Earlier in day, fifth seed Wayne Warren won 5-3 against Chris Landman.

Welshman Warren, enjoying his best run at the worlds, trailed the Dutchman 2-1, but took four of the next five sets to advance.

Warren faces Scott Mitchell in the last four after he prevailed 5-4 against Scott Waites in one of the best matches of the tournament.

A tense affair went the distance, and finished around 11.30pm as Mitchell held his nerve in the decider.

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