Top seeds, Wale Amao and Yemisi Olatunji continued their fine form as the 2016 Lagos International Squash Classics enters crucial stage.
Today, the semifinal matches of the $4,000 prize money Professional Squash Association (PSA)-sanctioned Closed Satellite competition will hold at Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Amao, who is the men’s number one seed wasted no time in dismissing Seun Jaiyeola 11-2, 11-9, 11-3 in the first round of the competition and the match lasted for 35minutes.
Unlike Amao who spent 35minutes to edge out his opponent, women’s number one seed, Yemisi Olatunji was without mercy against Grace Mayh as she spent just 20minutes in an encounter that ended 11-4, 11-1, 11-0 in the favour of the highest rated Nigerian star.
In other matches played in the men’s event of the opening day, Idowu Enimakure was stretched to the fourth game by Moshood Abubakar but the match still ended in favour of Enimakure who won 5-11, 14-12, 11-5, 11-9 to progress to the quarterfinal stage.
Other players that advanced to the last eight of the men’s event include Shola Thomas, Sodiq Taiwo, Endurance Omosor, Jerry Ogunjiofor, Lanre Abdulrahman and Moses Durosinmi.
Other female players that joined Olatunji in the quarterfinal are Kally Yashim, Omolola Ajayi, Dunni Okikiola and Taiwo Ebifemi, while the trio of Bisi Adeleke, Sunday Veronica and Busayo Olatunji walked over their opponents to move to the next stage.
Ex-international, Wasiu Sanni commended the players for their quality of play, which he described as impressive.
“I must tell you that the standard is very high and the players gave a good account of themselves. The seeded players like Amao and Olatunji are in fine form and other players are not pushovers. Being a PSA-sanctioned tournament, all the players are hoping to use it to garner world ranking points while all the players that failed to show up for their matches will be decided by the PSA. It is not a national competition but an international tournament with most of the final decision to be taken by the world body,” Sanni said.
The final matches hold on Saturday March 19 with the top eight players to share $2,500 in the men’s event while the top female players will go home with the $1,500 at stake in that category.