2020 BDO World Darts Championship – Lisa Ashton vs Mikuru Suzuki Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Lisa Ashton vs Mikuru Suzuki taking place? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – evening

Where is Lisa Ashton vs Mikuru Suzuki taking place? Indigo at The O2, London

What channel is Lisa Ashton vs Mikuru Suzuki on? Some BDO World Championship matches will be televised live on Eurosport and Quest in the UK, so it is worth checking their schedules

Where can I stream Lisa Ashton vs Mikuru Suzuki? If televised on Eurosport, then the match can be streamed on either Sky Go or Eurosport Player

Where can I get tickets for Lisa Ashton vs Mikuru Suzuki? Click here to purchase tickets

THE PLAYERS

LISA ASHTON

  • Four-time champion Lisa Ashton has progressed through to the final without dropping a set, and she comfortably defeated Corrine Hammond in the semi-finals without losing a leg.
  • Ashton’s average of 84.28 in the semi-finals was an improvement on her previous matches at the 2020 BDO Championship where she failed to average over 80.
  • Since losing in her first appearance in the World Championship final in 2013, Ashton has won each of the last four times that she has reached the final; those victories have come against four different opponents, and a win here would make that five.

MIKURU SUZUKI

  • Defending champion Mikuru Suzuki overcame the tough challenge of rising star Beau Greaves in a last-set decider to reach the final.
  • Suzuki didn’t drop a set on her way to winning the title last year, but already this time out she has been forced into a deciding set in two of her three matches at the 2020 BDO World Championship.
  • Japanese star Suzuki defeated Ashton in straight sets in their opening round encounter at the 2019 BDO World Championship in what was a tight match where both sets went the distance.

THE PREDICTION

This is a fitting final with the defending champion Suzuki meeting the four-time champion Ashton. The longer format of best-of-five sets should give them more time to settle, which should lead to a higher standard of play than in their previous matches. They are very evenly matched with both capable of performing to a similar high standard. Suzuki has come through some tests at this tournament so far and that might stand her in good stead to overcome Ashton in a five-set thriller.

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