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Samper & Badan Secure Second Title of the Season in Atlanta

L-r Hameed Ahmed, John Russell, Chad hood, David Bridges, Yvain Badan, Bernardo Samper, Ahmed Hamza

World No. 8 Bernardo Samper & world No. 3 Yvain Badan lifted their second SDA trophy of the season–the SDA Gold PDC Cup–at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

Samper & Badan entered the twelve-team draw as the top seeds with a predicted final against defending champion John Russell and his Finnish first-time partner Hameed Ahmed.

The surprise run of the tournament came courtesy of Bobby Burns & Jordan Greenberg in the top half of the draw. After a three-game first-round win over Joshua Schwartz & Peter Kelly, Burns & Greenberg took out four seeds Mike Ferreira & Aaron Luque 15-12, 8-15, 15-8, 15-12 to reach their first semifinal of the season. Outside of their semifinal foray, the draw played out according to seeding with the top three seeds all progressing to the semifinals.

The first semifinal saw Russell & Ahmed earn a 2-1 lead against three seeds Jonny Smith & Jacques Swanepoel, at which point Smith was forced to concede the match due to injury. The top seeds followed on with a decisive 15-12, 15-13, 15-5 semifinal victory against Burns & Greenberg.

A narrow start to the final saw both sides trade games with Samper & Badan taking the first 15-11, and Russell & Ahmed the second, 15-9. Samper & Badan crucially edged the third 15-13, before pulling away to win in the fourth 15-5.

“JR and Hameed played great and complemented each other well,” Badan said. “We found our groove during the finals and played well at the critical points in games one and three, which gave us the 2-1 lead. In the fourth we got even more comfortable and shot really well.”

The title marks Badan’s third of the season in addition to the Big Apple Open with Samper and the Westchester Country Club with James Stout. Last year, Russell won the PDC Cup with Scott Arnold. Ahmed marks his second final appearance of the season, following up the Denver Club Open in October.

“Swiss and I peaked at the right time in the tournament,” Samper said. “In the first two matches we didn’t feel that comfortable and we were struggling to play our game. In the final we played at a higher pace and took the openings well to finish the points. JR is a great player and it’s always fun to be on court with him. Hameed is very dangerous and is starting to be more confident on court. His name will be moving up the rankings quickly.”

Badan is now level with Damien Mudge with three PDC titles since its inception in 2013.

“It’s a wonderful group of people, which makes it a special place,” Badan said. “And any time you can win somewhere special, it feels great. Ahmed Hamza, Ted Griffith, Julian Mohr and everyone behind the tournament does a terrific job. The players are always grateful and excited to be part of the PDC Cup. We are already looking forward to coming back in 2019.”

The PDC Cup marks the final SDA event of the 2018 calendar year with the tour set to return to action in January 2019 with the MFS Pro-Am Boston, January 10-13.

Russell & Arnold Dig Deep to Win First Career PDC Title

The 2017 PDC Cup final, l-r: Yvain Badan, Scott Arnold, Mike Ferreira, John Russell.

In his first SDA tournament since winning the World Doubles title for England in September, John Russell and new partner Scott Arnold both claimed their first career PDC Cup title at Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

Russell & Arnold first experimented with their partnership in the final tournament of the 2016-2017 SDA season, in which they stormed to the Buffalo Club Pro Doubles without dropping game.

The Russell & Arnold partnership would make it two for two in Atlanta, enduring a grueling Saturday that saw them come back from 2-1 down both in the Semifinals against four seeds Jonny Smith & Viktor Berg, and again just three hours later against top seeds and defending champions Mike Ferreira & Yvain Badan.

l-r Ted Griffith, Mike Ferreira, Yvain Badan, Scott Arnold, John Russell, Julien Mohr, Ahmed Hamza

In total, Russell & Arnold’s court time on Saturday clocked in around four and a half hours.

“Saturday was a marathon day of squash for us,” Russell said. “We had a game plan going into both matches and we believed that if we could keep focused on that and not get sucked into something different, we’d have a great chance of winning. Our team chemistry definitely improved as the event progressed and we definitely figured out each others strengths weaknesses.”

Arnold rekindles his Canadian championship-winning partnership with Robin Clarke at the Jim Bentley Cup this weekend, which Russell will sit out.

“It feels great to win in our first event of the season,” Russell added. “I’d like to thank Ahmed hamza and all the tournament committee members for running such a fantastic event. It’s my first time playing the event and will definitely be back next year.”

Watch PDC Cup replays below.


Ferreira & Badan Survive Quarterfinal Scare to Surge to PDC Cup Title

l-r: Hugh Hailer, Michael Ferreira, Ted Griffith, Yvain Badan, Ahmed Hamza, Jonny Smith, Chris Callis, Julian Mohr
l-r: Hugh Hailey, Michael Ferreira, Ted Griffith, Yvain Badan, Ahmed Hamza, Jonny Smith, Chris Callis, Julian Mohr


On the brink of an early exit in the PDC Cup quarterfinals, Mike Ferreira & Yvain Badan fought off multiple match balls to recover and pull together their second SDA Tour title run of the season at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

The tournament’s top seeds encountered fellow Trinity Bantams Baset Chaudhry & Bernardo Samper in the quarterfinals and found themselves down 14-13 in the fourth game, at which point Ferreira returned a serve with a backhand volley winner to force a simultaneous match and game ball at 14-14. After two lets, a Badan cross court gave them new life in the fifth game, which they pulled out 11-9.

“It was a very tough quarterfinal against Bernado and Baset, which we managed to get through, albeit by razor thin margins in the fourth,” Ferreira said. “They are a solid team and when we drew them in the quarters we knew we were going to have a tough game. We were fortunate to win a very tight fourth game, where we came back from behind twice to win and that definitely gave us some confidence and momentum going into the fifth game.”

“We had a good win in a tough match against them in NYAC, so to Mikey’s point, we knew it was going to a difficult match and we were prepared to be there for as long as it would take.” Badan added. “Obviously, we were very lucky in fourth game. Mike is a fierce competitor, so it’s great to have him by my side during these close/tight matches.”

Australians Matt Jenson & Scott Arnold met the top seeds next in what was their second consecutive semifinal appearance following St. Louis, but couldn’t get past Ferreira & Badan, losing in four games. In the bottom half of the draw, Jonny Smith & Chris Callis—first-time partners this season—reached their first final together as the three seeds. Smith & Callis upset two seeds Raj Nanda & Viktor Berg in the semis, coming back from a game down to reach the final in four games.

A close final saw both the second and third games decided at 14-14, both of which Ferreira & Badan capitalized on to win the title in three games.

“Obviously is felt amazing to win the final,” Badan said. “Smith & Callis had a great tournament defeating Berg & Nanda in the semis, so again we were well prepared for a tough match. At 14-14 all, anything can happen.”

“In the finals we played well and a pretty consistent game against a good team,” Ferreira added. “I think all the players were a little tired already with us both having played a tough semi and high quality pro am matches earlier in the day. We managed to be disciplined and for the most part stuck to our game plan. Winning at 14 all is always a little bit of a toss up but I think our mentality was to play those point even a little harder and with more intensity and really hope for the best.”

Ferreira marks his maiden PDC Cup title, while Badan celebrates his second in addition to the 2014 title with Manek Mathur.

“We are both really excited and pleased with our performance this weekend,” Badan said. “It is an amazing Event and an amazing crowd, which makes the title even more meaningful. For me personally to win a Platinum Event twice, with two different partners, is a great feeling. We want to thank Ahmed and everyone from the PDC who makes this event happen. We already look forward to seeing our friends from the PDC next year.”

“It felt really great to win down at PDC,” Ferreira said. “It is such a great club and the membership showed us a fantastic time down there and I am already looking forward to next year.”

Watch PDC replays below.

Mudge & Gould Avenge Final Loss to Reclaim PDC Cup

The 2015 PDC Cup final. L-R: Yvain Badan, Ben Gould, Manek Mathur, Damien Mudge. (image: Allison Shirreffs)
The 2015 PDC Cup final. L-R: Yvain Badan, Ben Gould, Manek Mathur, Damien Mudge. (image: Allison Shirreffs)

PDC Cup Draw SDA Live

World No. 1’s Damien Mudge & Ben Gould avenged their 2014 PDC Cup final loss against Manek Mathur & Yvain Badan in dominant fashion,  the defending champions 15-4, 15-10, 15-4, to reclaim the title at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

Their third PDC title in just as many years (including two titles in 2013 when the event was played in fall and spring) marks three titles in three tournaments so far this season for the Australian powerhouse, adding to the Maryland Club Open and Big Apple Open last weekend.

Mudge & Gould dropped only one game along their title run which came in the quarterfinals against Graham Bassett & Jeff Osborne, who had upset Trinity Bantams Randy Lim & Shaun Johnstone in the first round.

Saturday presented a difficult challenge for the four remaining teams, with the semifinals taking place at noon, and the final scheduled for later that evening.

The top two seeds were both sure to advance in three games, with Mudge & Gould taking out four seeds Viktor Berg & Hamed Anvari, 15-9, 15-6, 15-11, and Mathur & Badan over fellow Bantam Jonny Smith & Greg Park, 15-14, 15-9, 15-6, setting up a replay of the 2014 final that saw Mathur & Badan upset the top seeds in four games.

This weekend was a different story, however, as Mudge & Gould powered through the final, dropping the least amount points in a match all tournament 15-4, 15-10, 15-4.

“Anytime you play two matches in one day it’s important to be as efficient as possible, which is what we were able to do,” Mudge said. “Last year definitely left a bad taste in our mouths, so we were able focus ourselves to play our best. We played a very smart game and executed extremely well hitting our targets and having great positioning.”

What has become a PDC traditional black tie event ensued following the final.

“The PDC are great hosts,” Mudge added. “They run a very good tournament and hospitality is second to none.”

Mudge & Gould now have the opportunity to make it three titles in three weekends as the top seeds in the Bentley Cup in Toronto.

Watch the PDC Cup replay below:

Top Seeds Mudge & Gould to Collide With Mathur & Badan in PDC Final Rematch

The 2014 PDC Cup final. L-R: Yvain Badan, Ben Gould, Manek Mathur, Damien Mudge.
The 2014 PDC Cup final. L-R: Yvain Badan, Ben Gould, Manek Mathur, Damien Mudge.

PDC Cup Draw SDA Live

The Piedmont Driving Club is set to host a rematch of the 2014 SDA PDC final between top seeds Damien Mudge & Ben Gould and defending champions Yvain Badan & Manek Mathur Saturday evening at 7pm ET in Atlanta, Georgia.

The match is streaming live on SDA Live.

Both sides advanced to the final after three-game semifinal victories early Saturday afternoon. Mudge & Gould defeated four seeds Hamed Anvari & Victor Berg 15-9, 15-6, 15-11, while Mathur & Badan took out three seeds Jonny Smith & Greg Park 15-14, 15-9, 15-6.

Both sides have lost just one game all tournament leading up to the finals.