From Yahaya Ibrahim, Lagos
No fewer than three Nigerian players yesterday qualified for the quarter-finals of the doubles event of the first leg (Futures 5) in the ongoing 16th edition of Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship holding at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Clifford Enosoregbe and Henry Atseye will play against the duo of Tunisian Moez Echargui and Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun in today’s quarter-finals of the annual championship, while Thomas Otu pairs with Kofi Tsatsu Segbedzie from Ghana to slug it out with Spanish Lopez-Perez Enrique and Boy Westerhof of The Netherlands.
Meanwhile, the quest of some Nigerian players to make impact in the singles event, especially the men’s is getting tougher by the day as some of them who made it to the second round will top stars for a place in the quarter-finals.
Nigeria’s Christopher Anefu will battle tournament number 3 Karim-Mohamed from Egypt while Henry Atseye will face Boy Westerhof, who is number six seed.
Also, Clifford Enosoregbe will battle Maciej Smola from Poland, while Sylvester Emmanuel will face number seven seed, Alexis Klegou from Benin Republic.
In the other men’s singles second round matches, number one seed, Spain’s Enrique will play against Duncan Mugabe of Uganda, while number five seed, Mina Gianni from France will face Pavel Mirobyan from Russia.
In the women’s singles, top seed Valetini Grammatikopoulou from Greece will play Indian Prarthana Thombare.
Number 2 seed, Tadeja Majeric from Slovakia will battle Venugopal Talachar from India.