Sunday, 09 July 2017 14:31

Tristan Meraut & Eudice Chong Win First Pro Singles Titles

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Tristan Meraut had never won a pro title of any kind before this week but the Oklahoma State rising senior managed to win eight matches over the last week to win the singles title at the Germany F6 Futures in Saarlouis. Meraut only dropped nine games in his three qualifying matches then during the main draw he won all five matches in straight sets with no opponent winning more than seven games. In Sunday's final, Meraut won 75% of the points on his serve and broke his opponent Alexis Gautier three times in a 6-3, 6-4 win.  

Meraut came into the week with only three career main draw wins and he had never advanced past the second round but the draw broke his way and he was able to capitalize. The ranking of his opponents from the first round through the finals was 1678, 901, 1097, 691, and 1509. Meraut split time between No. 5 and No. 6 in the singles lineup last season going 13-3. 

Eudice Chong found herself in a final for the third week in a row but after falling in the previous two she came out on top this time and won the singles title at the ITF $15K in Anning, China. Chong, who is a rising senior at D3's Wesleyan University, won her opening round match in straight sets and then got a walkover win in the second round. In the quarterfinals Chong knocked out the No. 4 seed Zhanlan Wei 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 and then in the semifinals she defeated the No. 8 seed Qianhui Tang (WTA 677) 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. In the final, Chong came back from 3-0 down in the third set to win the final six games to defeat the No. 3 seed Ling Zhang (WTA 534) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. 
Below are the week's winners and runner-ups: 
Singles Champions (2)
Tristan Meraut (Oklahoma State Rising Sr) - $15K Saarlouis, Germany F6 Futures
Eudice Chong (Wesleyan Rising Sr) - ITF $15K Anning, China
Singles Runner-Ups (2)
Marcos Giron (UCLA '14*) - $25K Saskatoon, Canada F4 Futures
Sanaz Marand (North Carolina '10)  - ITF $15K Istanbul, Turkey
Doubles Champions (9)
Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine '14) - $25K Saskatoon, Canada F4 Futures 
David O'Hare (Memphis '14) - $25K Wichita, USA F23 Futures 
Hady Habib (Texas A&M Rising Soph) - $15K Colombo, Sri Lanka F3 Futures
Boris Arias (LSU '16) - $15K Telavi, Georgia F1 Futures 
Lukas Ollert (Auburn '15) - $15K Telfs, Austria F1 Futures 
Evan King (Michigan '13)/Hunter Reese (Tennessee '15) - $15K Middelburg, Netherlands F3 Futures
Kanika Vaidya (Columbia '16) - ITF $15K Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 
Natalie Suk (Ole Miss Rising Sr) - ITF $15K Prokuplje, Serbia
Doubles Runner-Ups (9)
Ruan Roelofse (Illinois '09*) - $43K Marburg Open (Challenger)
Ronnie Schneider (North Carolina '17) - $25K Saskatoon, Canada F4 Futures
Nathan Ponwith (Georgia Rising Soph)/Harrison Richmond (UCF '17) - $25K Wichita, USA F23 Futures 
Patrick Mayer (Memphis '15*) - $15K Searlouis, Germany F6 Futures
Aleksandre Bakshi (Oklahoma Rising Jr) - $15K Telavi, Georgia F1 Futures
Ben Lock (Florida State '16)/Nate Lammons (SMU '16) - $15K Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt F19 Futures
Sem Verbeek (Pacific '16) - $15K Middelburg, Netherlands F3 Futures 
* didn't stay at school for four years - year listed is the last year they played
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