Grand Slam of Darts champion Gerwyn Price set to face Mikuru Suzuki
Michael van Gerwen handed tough draw; four-time BDO champion Lisa Ashton goes up against former PDC world champion Rob Cross
Last Updated: 06/11/19 10:40am
The draw for the Grand Slam of Darts has taken place with defending champion Gerwyn Price set to face BDO women's world champion Mikuru Suzuki in a tasty tungsten tussle.
Price and Japan's Suzuki are joined by the electrifying Dimitri Van den Bergh and 2013 finalist Robert Thornton in Group C.
World No 1 Michael van Gerwen, a three-time Grand Slam champion from 2015-2017, returns to Wolverhampton's Aldersley Leisure Village from November 9-17 - live on Sky Sports - as he faces two-time world champion Adrian Lewis, UK Open quarter-finalist Ross Smith, and BDO World Trophy champion Jim Williams in Group A.
Van Gerwen opens up against Williams but will also face a rematch with Smith during the group stage, following the Kent qualifier's recent win over the Dutchman in the European Championship.
World Matchplay and European championship winner Rob Cross heads up a tasty Group E alongside World Grand Prix finalist Dave Chisnall, local star Jamie Hughes and four-time women's BDO world champion Lisa Ashton.
The other stand-out fixtures are in Group H as third seed Michael Smith and Glen Durrant are joined by UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall and World Youth championship finalist Martin Schindler.
How it works...
The tournament has eight groups of four players which has a mix of PDC qualifiers, PDC Tour Card qualifiers and eight representatives from the BDO circuit, which includes current PDC player and 2019 BDO world champion Glen Durrant.
Michael van Gerwen
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Check out daily Darts news on skysports.com/darts, our app for mobile devices and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts - the action is back on your Sky Sports screens next month with the Grand Slam of Darts, nine days of coverage from the Aldersley Leisure Village gets underway on Saturday, November 9.