LAGOS GOV’S CUP TENNIS
Nigeria recorded a major upset in the first leg (Futures 5) of the ongoing Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship when wildcard Clifford Enosoregbe defeated tournament’s number 8 seed, Maciej Smola of Poland in the second round match of the men’s singles played wednesday.
With overwhelming support from fans at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, the Polish was no match for the Edo State born Enosoregbe who won the crucial game in 7-6(1),3-6,6-2.
The Nigerian was so elated picking the quarter final ticket and being the only man standing among the home boys in the Governor’s Cup this year, he said after the victory: “The Polish guy was so tough. It is not easy playing him, especially being the number 8 seed of the tournament.
I think I was able to beat him because I trained hard for the Governor’s Cup in Benin with my younger brother. As I look forward to my next match, I will keep calm, having at the back of my mind that I must win to keep the flag of Nigeria flying, ” Enosoregbe said.
He is to now face number 4 seed, Indian Sasi Kumar Mukund in today’s quarter final game.
Other Nigerian players who played yesterday were not so lucky as did Enosoregbe. They were humbled out of the first leg of the Governor’s Cup.
Boy Westerhof of The Netherlands defeated Henry Atseye in straight set of 6-1,6-4. Westerhof will battle Spain’s Enrique Lopez – Perez, the number one seed in the quarter finals. Lopez – Perez defeated Duncan Mugabe in 6-4,6-0 match.
Nigeria’s Edward Christopher Anefu retired due to injury in the second set of his match against Karim-Mohamed Maamoun of Egypt.
Meanwhile, top seed in the women’s singles, Valetini Grammatikopoulou from Greece justified her rating as she continued her quest for the ultimate trophy in Saturday’s final.
She beat Indian Prarthana Thombare in straight set of 6-2,6-3. Number 2 seed from Slovakia, Tadeja Majeric humbled Dhruthi Tatachar Venugopal of India in 6-3,6-1 match.
Swiss Conny Perrin walked over Rosalie Van Der Hoek of The Netherlands, Alexander Riley was sent packing by Fatma Al-Nabhani from Omar in straight set of 6-4,6-0 game.