By Glenys Furness
- Stuart Parker claimed title in Tunisia
- Dropped two sets en route
- Took out three seeds to lift the title
MONASTIR, TUNISIA – Stuart Parker entered the ITF event and was unseeded. The Brit took out three seeds en route to the title.
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Stuart Parker entered the ITF event in Monastir and was unseeded. His first round opponent was Arthur Bouquier. The Brit dominated the first set, as Bouquier could not keep up with the game of Parker. The Frenchman soon found himself a set down. Parker kept the pressure on in the second set, with Bouquier unable to break serve. The Brit broke the Frenchman and moved in to the next round in straight sets 6-2, 6-3.
In the second round the Brit was up against the eighth seed Mateus Alves. The Brazilian stayed toe to toe with Parker in the first set, forcing a tiebreak. The breaker was a tight affair, however it was the Brit that edged ahead to take the lead. The second set was much like the first, except this time Parker managed to break the seed right at the end of the set to book a spot in the next round 7-6(5), 7-5.
The quarter-final saw Parker against the second seed Aziz Dougaz. The Tunisian was no match for the Brit who totally dominated both sets. The first set saw Parker lose only two games with Dougaz struggling. The second set was all one way traffic as the Brit stopped the Tunisian from getting any games. Parker moved into the semi-final on top form, taking the match 6-2, 6-0.
In the semi-final the Brit took on Moez Echargui. The unseeded Tunisian started better and broke the serve of Parker moving into the lead. However, the Brit re-grouped in the second set. Parker dominated the set losing only one game to level the match. In the final set Parker did not falter and broke the Tunisian serve to book a spot in the final 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
The final saw Parker against sixth seed Yannick Mertens. The first set saw the Brit continue where he had left off, breaking the Belgian to take the lead. The sixth seed regrouped in the second set, breaking Parker to level up the match, and becoming only the second player to take a set off the Brit. The final set was a very tight affair, and as neither player wanted to give an inch went to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, it was once again the Brit who managed to edge ahead and claim the title 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5).
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Challenger & ITF Round Up
Jan Choinski was defeated by Alexey Zakharov in the semi-final in St Petersburg 7-6(3), 6-1.
Oscar Weightman was defeated by Otto Virtanen in the first round in Nur-Sultan 6-2, 6-2.
Jack Pinnington-Jones was defeated by Sandro Ehrat in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-2, 6-4.
Aidan McHugh was defeated by Hsu Yu-Hsiou in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.
Matilda Mutavdzic was defeated by Maria Gutierrez Carrasco in the first round in Manacor 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
Armani Banks was defeated by Nefisa Berberović in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(4).
Freya Christie was defeated by Nina Stadler in the first round in Sharm El Sheikh 4-6, 6-0, 7-6(5).
Jasmine Conway was defeated by Shalimar Tabli in the second round in Sharm El Sheikh 6-2, 6-4.
Emilie Lindh was defeated by Linda Fruhvirtova in the quarter-final in Monastir 0-0 (RET).
Next Week Brits play in the Australian Open, Biella, Potchefstroom, France, Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Kazakhstan & Spain.
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