Last Nigerian entrant bows out, as competition enters semifinals
Nigeria’s interest in the 15th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship was ended yesterday as the country’s last hope in the singles of the $80, 000 prize-money competition, Christian Paul, crashed out following a 6-1, 6-0 loss to South Africa’s Lloyd Harris at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Paul put up a great display to upset Ugandan Duncan Mugabe in the second round of the championship, but he was no match for the fourth-seeded South African, who wrapped a convincing win in just over an hour.
Meanwhile, yesterday’s quarterfinal stage seemed to be a day of upsets as many of the seeded players could not make it past the last eight hurdle.
Number two seed in the men’ singles, Spain’s Pere Riba, could not finish his match against number five seed, Sadio Doumbia, as he retired in the second set of their game, which ended 6-2, 2-0.
Zimbabwe’s Takanyi Garanganga, who is number five seed, stopped Antal Van Der Duim of The Netherlands in straight sets of 6-4,6-0.
In the women’s singles, tournament number one seed, Sherazad Reix of France, could not complete the first set of her game against Norwegian Ulrikke Eikeri.
The match was called off at 4-0 with Eikeri leading. Number eight seed, Tessah Andrianjafitrimo of France upset Bulgarian Julia Terziyska, number three seed, in straight sets of 6-1, 4-1 retired. Conny Perrin of Switzerland beat Prarthana Thombare 7-5, 6-2.
Number one seed in the men’s singles, Bosnia’s Aldin Setkic won his game against Benin Republic’s Alexis Klegou in straight set of 6-0,6-3.
The semifinal of the first leg holds today with Setkic meeting Harris, while Garangaga will face Doumbia in the men’s singles.
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