Nigerians did not win against any foreign opponent.
Nigerian Tennis players who were in action on Tuesday at the ongoing Lagos International Table Tennis Classics all fumbled against their foreign counterparts as only those paired with their compatriot made it to the next phase of the competition.
The country’s top players, Segun Toriola and Funke Oshonaike, got an easy ride to the next phase as they began their quest for the top prize at the Lagos tournament in the senior’s category
Toriola beat compatriot, Yakubu Ibrahim, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7, while Oshonaike was too much for Akpan Ntoro in another 3-0 game in the women’s category.
The tournament’s top seed in the men’s category, Omar Assar of Egypt, also had an easy ride in his first match defeating a Nigerian, Babatunde Mayowa, 3-0; while Italian Mihai Bobocica beat Nigerian Joseph Emmanuel 3-0.
Also, Idowu Saheed representing Congo Brazzaville defeated Gbenga Anthony of Nigeria 11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 11-2 while it was a similar situation when Saka Suraju also representing Congo Brazzaville defeated Nigeria’s Kehinde Oladele 11-9, 11-7, 11-8
The Congolese where blazing the trail all through as Han Xing in the ladies cadre was too powerful for Ntiero Effionwan of Nigeria as she won 3-0 in another easy ride in the match played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
One of Tuesday’s winners, Italy’s Mihai Bobocica, said he is cautious of the Nigerians still in contention and equally hopeful of making it all through to the finals.
“I am looking forward to going as far as possible maybe up to the final and playing with Omar Assar but I know it will be very difficult because Nigerian players are very strong. I would like to meet him (Assar) because I know the Nigerian players are very strong so first I must see them, if everything would be okay maybe then I can meet Assar in the final,” he stated.
Full Tuesday results
Egypt’s Omar Assar df Mayowa Babatunde of Nigeria 11-7, 11-2, 11-9
Italy’s Mihai Bobocia df Emmanuel Joseph of Nigeria 11-2, 11-2, 13-11
Segun Toriola of Nigeria df Ibrahim Yakubu of Nigeria 11-5, 12-10, 11-7
Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri df Olufemi Alabi of Nigeria 11-3, 11-8, 11-3
Congo Brazzaville’s Saka Suraju df Nigeria’s Kehinde Oladele 11-9, 11-7, 11-8
Nigeria’s Ojo Onaolapo df Dapo Kolawole of Nigeria 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
Monday Merotohun of Nigeria df Sunday Odunlade of Nigeria 5-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6
Idowu Saheed of Congo Brazzaville df Gbenga Anthony of Nigeria 11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 11-2
Nigeria’s Kayode Adedeji df Nigeria’s Mojeed Olayiwola 12-14, 6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9
Congo Brazzaville’s Han Xing df Nigeria’s Effionwan Ntiero 11-2, 11-5, 11-4
Nigeria’s Funke Oshonaike df Nigeria’s Itoro Akpan 11-0, 11-9, 11-7
Nigeria’s Edem Offiong df Onyiyechi Mba of Nigeria 11-9, 11-4, 15-17, 11-5
Congo DRC’s Ammadine Litobaka df Nigeria’s Nike Aroyewun 11-6, 11-7, 11-9
Nigeria’s Cecilia Akpan-Otu df Nigeria’s Tosin Oribamishe 11-7, 11-6, 11-7
Nigeria’s Ganiat Olatunde df Nigeria’s Sidikat Yaya 11-5, 11-3, 8-11, 11-2
Nigeria’s Halimat Hussain df Nigeria’s Funmi Ajala 11-6, 10-12, 11-8, 11-9
Nigeria’s Rashidat Ogundele lose to Nigeria’s Bose Odusanya 10-12, 7-11, 11-6, 11-1, 9-11
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