Dutch Open success for Veenstra and Suzuki

Richard Veenstra and Mikuru Suzuki were crowned Dutch Open champions on Sunday evening in Assen, Netherlands.

Veenstra – who lifted the British Open, British Classic and Scottish Open last year as well as reaching the semi-finals at the Dutch Open – reigned victorious after coming through a men’s field of over 3,000 competitors.

The 37-year-old is based in Ossenzijl which is just a short drive from Assen where he lifted the biggest title of his career to date, after beating Ryan Hogarth 3-1 in the final.

After already claiming scalps over five players to reach finals day in his home country, dropping just one leg en route, Veenstra denied Michael Stoeten, Carlo van Peer and Luc Peters to reach the last eight for the third time on his fifth appearance at the Dutch Open.

Narrow victories over Kevin Doets and Jeffrey van Egdom followed for Veenstra as he booked his place in the final, before a 3-1 victory against an inspired Scotsman in Ryan Hogarth sealed the title for the 37-year-old.

Jubilation for Japan as Mikuru Suzuki is crowned Worrld Champion

Meanwhile, Mikuru Suzuki – who lifted the ladies’ World Championship crown last month – added to her ever-growing title tally as she denied Aileen de Graaf just hours after she clinched the ladies’ pairs title with her Japanese compatriot Yuriko Yamaguchi.

Suzuki won his opening three matches in straight legs to progress to the last 32, where she defeated Paula Jacklin, the wife of newly-appointed BDO chairman Des. A 4-1 win over Casey Gallagher followed, before victories over Jo Clements and Anneke Kuijten sealed her place in the final.

The 37-year-old from Takamatsu in Japan once again showcased not only her talent, but how much the Asian game is improving as she dropped just two legs in the final, averaging 81.63 in a 5-2 triumph.

Defending champion Deta Hedman endured a quarter-final exit at the hands of British Classic winner Laura Turner, while four-time World Champion Lisa Ashton suffered a last 128 defeat from the Netherlands’ Anita van der Velden.

Click here for full results from the 47th Dutch Open


Men’s Singles


Dave Parletti 5-2 Nick Kenny
Ryan Hogarth 5-4 Michael Unterbuchner
Richard Veenstra 5-4 Kevin Doets
Jeffrey van Egdom 5-2 Wayne Warren
Semi-Finals (Bo3 sets)
Ryan Hogarth 2-1 Dave Parletti
Richard Veenstra 2-1 Jeffrey van Egdom
Final (Bo5 sets)
Richard Veenstra 3-2 Ryan Hogarth
Ladies’ Singles
Mikuru Suzuki 4-0 Jo Clements
Anneke Kuijten 4-2 Priscilla Steenbergen
Laura Turner 4-3 Deta Hedman
Aileen de Graaf 4-1 Femke Herms
Mikuru Suzuki 4-1 Anneke Kuijten
Aileen de Graaf 4-2 Laura Turner
Mikuru Suzuki 5-2 Aileen de Graaf

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