Governor’s Cup: Atseye, Enosoregbe Into Doubles’ Q/Finals

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Intrigues, disappointments and fierce competition continued to play out in the on-going 16th Governor’s Cup Tennis Championship, as more Nigerians continue to sweat over their opponents.

So far, Henry Atseye and Enosoregbe Clifford would play against the duo of Tunisian Moez Echargui and Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun in Wednesday’s quarterfinals at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos, while Thomas Otu would pair with Ghana’s Kofi Tsatsu Segbedzie against Spain’s Lopez-Perez Enrique and Holland’s Boy Westerhof.

Meanwhile, the quest of some Nigerian players to make impact in the Singles event, especially the men’s event, got tougher by the day as some of them who made it to the second round would have to produce some great play if they want to play in the quarter finals.

Christopher Anefu will play against tournament No 3 and Egypt’s Karim-Mohammed, while Henry Atseye would have his hands full when he faces No 6 seed Boy Westerhof.

Also, Clifford Enosoregbe would do battle against Maciej Smola from Poland, while Sylvester Emmanuel would face No 7 and Beninoise Alexis Klegou.

In other second-round pairings in the Men’s Singles, No 1seed and Spain’s Enrique would play against Duncan Mugabe of Uganda, while No 5 seed and France’s Mina Gianni would face Pavel Mirobyan from Russia.

In the women’s singles, top seed Valetini Grammatikopoulou from Greece will play Indian Prarthana Thombare. Number 2 seed, Tadeja Majeric from Slovakia will battle Venugopal Talachar from India.

The results of matches of the first round that were concluded Tuesday were not favourable to the Nigerians taking part in this year’s Governor’s Cup. Moses Michael failed to live up to expectations as he was humbled by France’s Calvin Hemery in straight set of 6-3,6-2.

Moses confessed in the post-match interview that the French player was good that him. “I lost to a player who did not allow me to play at all. I tried my best but he played better than me and there was nothing I could do to help the situation,” said Moses.

Another French player, Gianni Mina beat Umaru Balami in 6-0,6-0 game. Nonso Madueke lost 3-6,0-6 to Polish Karol Drzewiecki. Albert Bisong Bikom lost 1-6,0-6 to Indian Sasi Kumar Mukund. Nonso Madueke was beaten 3-6,0-6 by Polish Karol Drzewiecki.

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