Swedish Open: Dennis Nilsson becomes first home winner since 2010, world champion Mikuru Suzuki scoops ladies title

Dennis Nilsson became the first Swede to win the Swedish Open since 2010, after beating Wayne Warren 6-1 in the final on Saturday.

The 43-year-old former strongman claimed his fifth BDO ranking title, and first of 2019, easing past Welshman Warren in the decider at the Scandic Trianglen Hotel, in Malmo.

Nilsson, a winner on the PDC Challenge Tour last year, defeated Jurol van Borkulo, eighth seed Nick Kenny, who won the Belgium Open last Sunday, Bendt Obling Nielsen, Niels Heinsøe and ninth seed Ryan Hogarth to progress to the quarter-finals.

After seeing off Ben Hazel in the last eight, the Swede snuck past Dave Prins 5-4 in a last-leg decider to set up a final with the in-form Warren, which he won with the loss of just one leg.

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BDO world number four Warren ended his seven-year run without a ranking title by winning the Antwerp Open last weekend, and had his sights on doubling his trophy haul in 2019 as he made it through to the final.

The third seed recorded wins over Jitse van der Wal, Roland Lenngren, Francis Carragher and Johan Engstrom to reach the last eight.

His run continued with victories against 11th seed Mario Vandenbogaerde and second seed Richard Veenstra, but the final proved to be a step too far.

Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki took her tally of BDO ranking titles in 2019 to four, as the reigning ladies world champion defeated Lisa Ashton 5-3 in the final of the Swedish Open.

The world number eight, who followed up winning Lakeside in January, with victories in the Dutch Open and Pacific Masters, got past Sue Green, Jenny Lindberg and Algina Juknaité to progress to the quarter-finals.

Suzuki then edged past third seed Fallon Sherrock 4-3 and saw off Paula Jacklin 5-1 to set up a final with world number one Ashton, where the Japanese star prevailed 5-3 to add another title to her collection.

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Pictures: Evert Zomer

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