Amidst the nearly 6,000 competitors at this year’s Dutch Open, one of the world’s preeminent tournaments for darts, the women’s field is dominated by just two athletes — Deta Hedman of England and Japan’s Mikuru “The Miracle” Suzuki — each with an unusual backstory for a sport that almost entirely exists in dimly lit rooms. Amos Barshad examines the rise of both Hedman and Suzuki, and how each aspires to shoot from 501 points to zero and, in the process, win the 2019 Dutch Open title.
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