The Nigeria duo of Clifford Enosoregbe and Sylvester Emmanuel on Thursday failed in their bids to make it to the semifinal of the Men’s Singles of the first leg (Futures 5) of 16th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship.
While Enosoregbe lost to Indian Sasi Kumar Mukund, Emmanuel was sent packing by Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun.
In his own game, Enosoregbe lost the first set 1-6, before he forced himself back to the game to win the second set 6-3, but due to tiredness and loss of concentration, he could not make it in the third set as he was defeated by 2-6.
Though he could not make it to the semifinal, the Edo-born player received loud ovation from fans at the tennis club as they believed that he fought hard before bowing out of the first leg.
“I feel great playing to the quarter-finals of the first leg of the Governor’s Cup this year. This is an achievement I will carry on to the second leg coming up next week,” said Enosoregbe who entered the Governor’s Cup as a wildcard player.
“What I need now is a little bit of rest after which I will begin my training for the second leg.
“Mukund was a good player who I learnt has been going round the world playing circuits, an opportunity that eludes many of us here in Nigeria despite the fact that we are equally good on court.”
On his part, Emmanuel put up a brave fight before he was beaten by Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun in 2-6, 7-5, 1-6 in other quarter match al played at the Lagos Tennis club in Onikan.
Meanwhile, Boy Westerhof of The Netherlands was unable to make it past the quarter finals as he was stopped by the tournament number one seed, Spanish Enrique Lopez-Perez in straight set of 6-4,5-7.
In the women’s singles, top seed, Valetini Grammatikopoulou of Greece, continued her quest for glory as she defeated Bulgarian Julia Terziyska in straight set of 6-4,7-6(2).
Tadeja Majeric of Slovakia also won her game against Omar’s Fatma Al-Nabhani who she defeated 6-0,7-6(2). Swiss Conny Perrin has an easy ride over Harmony Tan of France with a 6-1,6-0 victory.
In the semifinal matches scheduled for Friday, Lopez – Perez will face Egyptian player, Maamoun, while Mukund will battle Gianni Mina of France in the men’s singles.
Top seed, Valetini Grammatikopoulou will settle scores with Conny Perrin in one of the semi-final games in the women’s singles, while Tadeja and Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel will fight for the final ticket.