Delight for Aiba and Ouchi at the Japan Open
Katsuya Aiba and Magumi Ouchi were the big winners at the 46th annual JSFD Japan Open in Tokyo earlier today.
The BDO-ranked event was upgraded to a Category B this year for the first time, with 104 men and 22 ladies competing for the top honours – fields undoubtedly affected by the latest round of the PDC Asia Tour taking place over the same weekend.
Aiba came from 4-1 down against Yuichiro Ogawa to force a last-leg decider in the men’s final. Two missed match darts from Ogawa, who had the throw in the final leg, gave Aiba an opportunity and the 2014 World Darts Trophy participant made no mistake, sealing the deal with a 101 checkout for a 15-darter to win 6-5.
For his efforts, Aiba takes home the 500,000 Yen top prize, which is roughly equivalent to £3,500.
Defending champion Hiroshi Tanji was beaten in the quarter-finals of the men’s event, as was Australia’s Rob Modra.
With reigning Ladies World Champion Mikuru Suzuki away play soft-tip, a new champion was guaranteed to be crowned in the ladies event. That honour was taken by Magumi Ouchi, who raced into an early 4-0 lead in the final against Kim Hyojin. Some double trouble for Ouchi allowed Hyojin to finally get on the board in the fifth leg, but Ouchi got double 10 at the first time of asking in the sixth leg to pick up the title.
That victory books Ouchi a return to the World Masters later this year, an event where she has reached the quarter-finals on three previous occasions.
In the under-18’s competition, Sakuto Sueshige was crowned champion after beating Kim Lebbing of Thailand 4-2.