Venus beat Serena in Lagos William Sisters duel

The William sisters thrilled tennis fans in Lagos on Friday.


Some tennis faithful were on Friday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club treated to a thrilling match by two world’s best tennis players, Venus and Serena Williams.

The much anticipated exhibition contest saw Venus defeat her younger sister, Serena 6-4, 7-5.

Hundreds of fans had thronged the venue as early 8 am to be part of the thrilling match up.

It was obvious from the back slapping after the match that the sisters had lived up to expectation as they left fans on the edge of their seats with breathtaking entertaining match.

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The match, part of events marking their 3-day visit to the country, was organised by Connect Marketing Service with a theme, “Breaking the Mould”, BTM.

The BTM programme was an initiative aimed at empowering the youths, especially young girls, to hang on to their dreams and aspirations.

The sisters expressed delight at the overwhelming support from spectators, who said the experience and friendship shared was worthwhile.

Serena, 31, said “being in Nigeria has been an exciting and worthwhile experience. I am delighted to have been here and excited to know we have such a huge support here”.

Also, Venus, 32, expressed delight at the tour, said she was hopeful that the 3-day tour would impact positively on the lives of many young Nigerians.

“Being here is one of the most exciting moments I have ever had and I believe that our visit would ‘break the mould’, and inspire young Nigerians.

“This has been my first experience with Africa and what a wonderful experience it has been for me since I came here,” she said.

Some of the spectators included former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation, NTF, Sani Ndanusa and Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Musliu Obanikoro.

Prior to the match by the Williams sisters, Nigeria’s Women number one, Fatima Abinu had beaten her compatriot, the number three, 16-year-old Sarah Adegoke 4-3 in an exhibition match.

The Williams sisters would depart the country later on Friday.

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