Stout triumphs in Baltimore Cup
James Stout and his partner Greg McArthur caused an upset to win the Squash Doubles Association Baltimore Cup over top seeds Yvain Badan of Switzerland and Colombia’s Bernado Samper last weekend.
In their first match Stout and McArthur, who are ranked No 3 and No 5 in the SDA, beat Joshua Schwartz and Peter Kelly, of the United States, 3-0.
They followed that up with a 3-0 win in the semi-final against third and fourth seeds Will Mariani and Thomas Brinkman, of Canada, ranked tenth and 22nd in the world rankings respectively, to set up the final.
Badan and Samper had a tougher semi-final which they eventually won 3-2 over US pair Graham Bassett and William Hartigan.
The first two games of the final were a see-saw contest, but the third and fourth games were more one-sided. The first game was largely played in the back of the court but, as the match progressed, there was more play in the front half as more attacking play was predominant.
After a 75-minute battle on court, Stout and McArthur ultimately prevailed 3-1 to take the honours.
This was Stout’s fifth appearance in an SDA final this season, and his third victory. The pair won their last successful final 3-2 against Badan and Samper last December.