Spain, Romanian Stars win Lagos Tennis Championship

Enrique Lopez-Perez
Enrique Lopez-Perez

The winners went home with trophies and cash prizes.

 

A Spaniard, Enrique Lopez-Perez, defeated hard fighting Egyptian, Sherif Sabry, in a grudge encounter that ended 7-5,1-6,6-4 to lift the men’s crown at the first leg of the 2012 Governor’s Cup, Lagos Tennis Championship, concluded on Saturday.

Perez got the winner’s medal and a $15 thousand cash price for winning the Men’s Singles. He described the final match against Sabry as a difficult one as he had planned to finish the game in two straight sets.

“At a stage I began to lose energy, this made to call for any sugar drink from the referee. I was given a bottle of coke. This brought back the needed energy for me to win the third set of the final.

“I’m happy to win this game and this will give me the confidence to do well in the second leg,” Perez said.

The Women’s Singles final was a tough contest between South African Chanel Simmonds and Romania’s Cristina Dinu. Though Simmonds put up a good fight, she could not match the pace serves of the Romanian as she was defeated 7-5,4-6,6-4.

Dinu won the $25 thousand prize money and the trophy.

The duo of Conny Perrin of Switzerland and South Africa’s Chanel Simmonds beat the Russian pairs of Nina Bratchikova and Margarita Lazareva in straight sets of 6-1,6-1 to win the Women’s doubles.