Spaniard, Romanian again emerge best in Lagos Tennis Tournament

The winners had won the first leg of the tournament.



Enrique Lopez-Perez of Spain and Cristina Dinu of Romania, on Saturday, emerged winners of the men’s and women’s singles of the second leg of the 12th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championships.


Number 5 seed Lopez-Perez, upset number two seed, Ruan Roelofse of South Africa, in a tough 6-0, 6-4 encounter to cart away the 15,000 dollars prize.


Number five seed Dinu also repeated her winning streak in the first leg by beating Conny Perrin, the number three seed, 6-2, 6-3 to win the 25,000 dollars in the category.


Both Lopez-Perez and Dinu also recorded the same feat at the first leg of the two-legged championships on October 20.


The players treated the teeming crowd at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, to an exciting moment with their brilliant performances and skills.


Lopez-Perez told said he was happy to have won the first and second legs of the tournament, saying the performance would encourage him to do better in the next edition.


“The match was tough but I am happy that I won twice. I enjoyed my stay in Nigeria and I will be here again in 2013,’’ he said.


Dinu said she would dedicate the trophy to her parents for supporting her.


Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos also played with Ladi Balogun, Managing Director of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and Sanni Ndanusa, President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, in an exhibition tennis match.


Fashola, while presenting cash award and trophies to winners of the tournament, commended them for fair play and hitch-free tournament.


He also commended the sponsors of the tournament, saying that they had promoted the tournament to international standard.


“I commend the players, the organisers and sponsors for ensuring that the tournament was a huge success; I believe this will attract more tennis players to the country during the next edition,’’ he said.


The championships, which began on October 13, were jointly sponsored by FCMB and telecommunications company, Etisalat Ltd.


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