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Cindy Merlo

Swiss Open: Home Hope Merlo Secures First Career Title

Swiss No.1 Cindy Merlo secured her national open title, and the first title of her career, thanks to a victory over France’s Enora Villard in the final of the Swiss Open at Squash Arena Uster.

Like all events on the Challenger Tour right now, the Swiss Open had restricted entries, with only those from bordering nations, in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Liechtenstein, along with the home nation Switzerland, being allowed to participate.

Merlo came into the tournament as the No.2 seed, behind only Villard, with the Frenchwoman sat eight places above the Swiss player in the World Rankings prior to the event.

After two games in the final, the pair were level at 1-1, but from there on, Merlo took the momentum, and won both the third and fourth games to secure the first title of her professional career.

The Swiss No.1 had already gotten the better of compatriot Stephanie Muller, Austria’s Jacqueline Peychar and another French player, in Marie Stephan, to reach the finale on Sunday afternoon.

The rest of the event went to seedings, apart from a quarter-final victory for No.7 seed Taba Taghavi, with the Frenchwoman getting the better of Switzerland’s Nadia Pfister, despite being 82 places lower in the World Rankings.

Results: Swiss Open
Final
[2] Cindy Merlo (SUI) bt [1] Enora Villard (FRA) 3-1: 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 (44m)

Semi-Finals
[1] Enora Villard (FRA) bt [7] Taba Taghavi (FRA) 3-0: 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (24m)
[2] Cindy Merlo (SUI) bt [4] Marie Stephan (FRA) 3-1: 11-8, 11-5, 3-11, 11-9 (37m)

Quarter-Finals
[1] Enora Villard (FRA) bt [5] Elise Romba (FRA) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-2 (20m)
[7] Taba Taghavi (FRA) bt [3] Nadia Pfister (SUI) 3-0: 13-11, 11-5, 11-6 (29m)
[4] Marie Stephan (FRA) bt [6] Lea Barbeau (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 (25m)
[2] Cindy Merlo (SUI) bt [8] Jacqueline Peychar (AUT) 3-0: 11-2, 11-6, 11-6 (21m)

Round Two
[1] Enora Villard (FRA) bt Aylin Gunsav (GER) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 (22m)
[5] Elise Romba (FRA) bt [WC] Caroline Bachem (SUI) 3-2: 11-13, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (56m)
[7] Taba Taghavi (FRA) bt Stella Kaufmann (SUI) 3-0: 11-1, 11-3, 11-7 (17m)
[2] Nadia Pfister (SUI) bt Saskia Beinhard (GER) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-9 (27m)
[4] Marie Stephan (FRA) bt Katerina Tycova (GER) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-7 (26m)
[6] Lea Barbeau (FRA) bt Alina Poses (SUI) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-3 (15m)
[8] Jacqueline Peychar (AUT) bt Kate Gadola (SUI) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (22m)
[2] Cindy Merlo (SUI) bt Stephanie Muller (SUI) 3-0: 11-6, 11-9, 11-5 (22m)

Round One
Aylin Gunsav (GER) bt [WC] Monika Bettoni (SUI) 3-0: 13-11, 11-4, 11-2 (16m)
[WC] Caroline Bachem (SUI) bt Yuna Loaec (FRA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5m 11-6 (22m)
Stella Kaufmann (SUI) bt [WC] Prisca Nufer (SUI) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-6 (13m)
Saskia Beinhard (GER) bt [WC} Jacqueline Eggimann (SUi) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-3 (13m)
Katerina Tycova (GER) bt [WC] Judith Egli (SUI) 3-0: 11-1, 11-2, 11-1 (11m)
Alina Poessl (SUI) bt [WC] Patricia Bernet (SUI) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-2 (14m)
Kate Gadola (SUI) bt [WC] Barbara Zatti (SUI) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (13m)
Stephanie Muller (SUI) bt [WC} Evelyne Matzinger (SUI) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-4 (16m)

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