Lisa Ashton and Mikuru Suzuki handed BDO places at Grand Slam of Darts

Lisa Ashton and women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki are next 26, among the eight BDO names which will feature in the Grand Slam of all Darts but there is not any place for 13-year-old Leighton Bennett.
Speculation has been rife about who’ll feature for the BDO at the annual tournament that features the top of the organisation alongside 24 PDC professionals.
The addition of Suzuki and Ashton will be the headline-setter following the BDO affirmed their representatives but the lack of teenage BDO world youth winner Bennett, who’d been under serious thought is a disappointment to many.
Sixteen-time World Champion Phil Taylor was among the titles but ultimately the player’s age and the safeguarding issues encompassing him has meant this year, he will not feature.
Ashton and Suzuki will probably be one of the titles that chase among two eligibility areas for this year’s PDC World Championship and both will be in the Grand Slam after the eight names were ratified from the PDC.
Japanese sensation Suzuki has enjoyed a stellar year having won her first world title at Lakeside with a win over Lorraine Winstanley while Ashton made her debut at Alexandra Palace last year, carrying a set off Jan Dekker before finally falling into a 3-1 defeat in the first round.
The standards over how these eight names are selected was uncertain amid a year of uncertainty.
A chairman in Des Jacklin has been declared that the dominating BDO world champion Glen Durrant won his PDC Tour card in January and also the venue for its World Championships has been changed from the mythical Lakeside in Frimley Green.
Alongside four provisional qualifiers in their rankings, the BDO has been believed to be using wildcards that is Sky Sports knows Suzuki and Ashton are chosen.
Three-time BDO world champion Durrant was verified alongside Jim Williams and Wesley Harms as a BDO representative. Richard Veenstra, Dave Parletti and Wayne Warren all will produce their Grand Slam debuts next month.
‘Boom Boom’ Bennett is the discussion of world darts and claimed the World Youth Championship in January of the BDO. He’s been competing in the circuit this season securing a debut and his absence is going to be a disappointment to those that hoped to see him compete.
Even the 24-player PDC line-up will be finalised following month when the 16 automatic qualifiers will protect their location the European Championship and the World Series Finals provide players a opportunity, while a qualification tournament will give the eight places.
Eight of the world’s best 10 players have already secured their position, headlined by protecting world champion Michael van Gerwen, champion Gerwyn Price and World Matchplay winner Rob Cross.
Coverage of this Grand Slam of Darts in Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton gets underway on Saturday November 9 and continues through to the final on Sunday November 17.

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