Yemisi, Onaopemipo win First Frigate Squash Open Championship
Yemisi Olatunji continued her dominance of Nigerian women squash at the weekend when she defeated her sister, Busayo, 3-1 (8-11, 11-12, 11-4, 12-10) to win the First Frigate Squash National Open Championship for U-19 boys, girls, and seniors held at the Squash Section of the Ikoyi Club 1938.
The event, which also saw Adegoke Onaopemipo beating Gabriel Olufumilayo 3-2 (5-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 13-11) to win the male category, was exciting as it featured over 200 players from across Nigeria.
In the junior category, Favour Utukpe defeated Mistura Durosiolorun 3-2 to win the women U-19 category, while Nasir Abdulrahman beat Usman Durosiolorun to win the male U-19 category.
Excited by the outcome of the championship, Chairman, Ikoyi Club Squash Section, Olumide Sojinrin commended the participants for their good sportsmanship.
“Based on the level of competition in this championship, I believe squash is growing in the country.
“The continuous dominance of Yemisi and her sister in the women category shows that other women squash players need to work hard and step up their game.
“Yemisi and her sister started from a tender age to play squash and victory is the result. This is why more competitions like this are organised to discover talents and also engage top senior squash players in competitive events to keep them in top form.
“I am glad it is yielding result. In the women, final U-16 played against U-19 in a competitive final… this shows the sport is growing,” he said.
Sponsor of the championship, Chike Nwagwu explained that the competition was aimed at exposing Nigerian squash players to competitions to enable them to compete favorably with their international counterparts.
Also speaking on the competition, President of Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF), Boye Oyerinde assured that the federation was working to ensure players have more PSA competitions to get befitting rankings at the world level.
He added that squash has gained a lot from his tenure as Nigerian players now compete in different competitions within and outside the country.