Yozza Triumphs in Sweden

Jamie Hughes - three titles in 2015.

Jamie Hughes shot himself back up to BDO World Number Four at the weekend when he cruised to victory in the 46th Swedish Open. Jamie overcame eight opponents on the way to his second Scandinavian final this year, after being runner-up at the Denmark Masters in May.

A Place at the Top Table

When we interviewed Jamie earlier in the year, he spoke about his desire to remain in the BDO’s top sixteen so he could keep playing the major tournaments. So far he’s doing pretty well on that front – he’s won the Romanian Classic and was semi-finalist in the Hal Masters, German Masters and Denmark Open in 2015.

The Latter Rounds

Yozza with his spoils. Image courtesy of Jamie Hughes
Yozza with his spoils. Image courtesy of Jamie Hughes

Jamie saw off Steve Pearce 4-1 in the final of Group 9, before taking on Stefaan de Prez in the last 16. Yozza had onky beaten Stefaan once in their five or six previous encounters, but this time he whitewashed the Belgian 4-0 to move into a quater-final with Martin Atkins. Jamie beat Atkins 5-2 before breezing past Mark McGeeney 5-1 in the semi-final. The Dutchman Ryan de Vreede awaited Yozza in the final.

Ryan had beaten Darryl Fitton, Scott Mitchell and Willem Mandigers in the three rounds leading to the final, so was certainly in some great form. Maybe it was because those three matches all went to deciders that Ryan felt jaded in the final – Jamie romped home 6-1 to seal the Swedish Open title.

“It was only really when I looked at the names on the trophy that I realised how prestigious this tournament is – van Barneveld, Bristow and Bob Anderson – all world champions, so I’m delighted to have won it.”

Jamie Hughes, after winning the Swedish Open 2015

Swedish Open Champion 2015

We caught up with Jamie after final to find out how he was feeling and how the day had gone…

“It was only really when I looked at the names on the trophy that I realised how prestigious this tournament is – van Barneveld, Bristow and Bob Anderson – all world champions, so I’m delighted to have won it.

“I pretty much won comfortably all day, apart from a match in the earlier rounds that went to the deciding leg.

“I was over the moon with beating my bogey player, Stefaan de Prez, as well. I think before yesterday I’d beaten him once in five or six matches.”

Scott Mitchell – Quarter-Finalist

“I’m pleased with my performance in the tournament as a whole. There are plenty of positives and I’m gaining good solid ranking points”

Scott Mitchell, after his Swedish Open 2015 quarter-final exit

After his quarter-final exit at the hands of Ryan de Vreede, we also took the opportunity to see how Scott Mitchell’s day had gone…

“I played well all day, but a quarter-final is the wrong game to have a couple of iffy legs! I lost one leg after missing five darts at a double, but redeemed myself with a 140 shot out in another leg when Ryan was on 56.

“I missed bull in the last leg only to watch him [de Vreede] shoot out with 80 with his third dart in another last leg decider.

“I’m pleased with my performance in the tournament as a whole. There are plenty of positives and I’m gaining good solid ranking points”

In the two rounds prior to the quarter-final, Scott had beaten both Martin Lober and Michel van der Horst 4-1.

BDO Mens Invitation Top Ten
(after the Swedish Open)
356     Glen Durrant (England)
304     Martin Adams (England)
286     Scott Mitchell (England)
276     Jamie Hughes (England)
274     Geert de Vos (Belgium)
274     Wesley Harms (Netherlands)
273     Jeffrey de Graaf (Netherlands)
260     Darryl Fitton (England)
242     Martin Phillips (Wales)
225     Pip Blackwell (England)

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