Tennis: Ukrainian Star Edges Nigeria’s Qaudre In Lagos Open

Nigeria’s Barakat Quadre reacts after she lost to her Ukrainian opponent, Strakhova Valeriya, in the quarter-final match of the Lagos Open Tennis played at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan on October 18, 2019.

 

 

The only Nigerian standing in the ongoing second leg Lagos Open Tennis, Barakat Quadre, has crashed out of the tournament.

Quadre was unable to survive the superior power of her Ukrainian opponent, Strakhova Valeriya, in their quarter-final match decided on Friday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.

Morroco-based Quadre had broken a record as the only Nigerian woman player to have qualified to the quarter-final level of the ITF World Tour in Lagos on Thursday.

Despite playing a determined game against the Ukrainian, the Nigerian could not proceed to the next round of the competition.

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Quadre earned a 7-5 win in the first set – an early break that she failed to sustain and consolidate on.

Valeriya, however, forcefully came back to take the game out of Quadre as she won the remaining two sets – 6-3, 6-1 in a pulsating match that lasted two hours 35 minutes.

In other quarter-final matches in the women’s singles, top seed Mendez Seone from Austria lost 6-4, 0-6, 0-6 to sixth seed Bhatia Riya.

The fifth seed, Bhosale Rutuja from India also upset Samir Sandra from Egypt, who is the tournament’s number three seed in a straight set of  6-2, 6-0 to book a semi-final ticket.

Brazil’s Luara Pigozzi who was runner up in the final last week failed to make it to the semis as she lost to Nastja Kolar from Slovenia 2-6, 6-5, 5-7.

In the men’s singles, Zimbabwe’s Takanyi Garanganga beat Frenchman Gianni Mina 6-0, 6-4, while Calvin Hemery from France defeated Benjamin Lock in a straight set of 6-3, 6-0.

Tunisia’s Aziz Quakaa also defeated his brother Dougaz 5-7, 6-4, 4-2.

The semi-final and final matches have been scheduled for Saturday while the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, would declare the competition closed.

Nigerian Youngster, Jebutu Shines At Lagos Open

Nigerian tennis youngster, Emmanuel Jebutu, is being celebrated following a 6-1, 6-0 bashing of Bhanu Suthar of India at the qualifying round of the Lagos Open which served off today.

Making his debut at a senior international tournament, Jebutu was at his best form brushing side the Asian in less than an hour.

“I did not believe I could give somebody 6-1, 6-0 in a tournament of this magnitude, even though it’s a qualifying match. To beat an Indian in my first ever match in the Lagos Open is something I’ll love to cherish. I’ll now focus on the second round of the qualifiers and hope to go even better in the next phase.”

While Jebutu had a smooth sailing to the second round, Nigeria’s top-rated player, Sylvester Emmanuel had to fight to the second round with a 6-3, 6-1 win over compatriot Godsgift Timibra.

Port Harcourt-based Timibra showed some good prospects which pushed Sylvester to make series of unforced errors.

The rustiness of the top Nigerian players was reflected in Thomas Otu’s exit at the hands of Emmanuel Oche who won 5-7, 6-2, (14-12).

In the Women’s singles qualifiers, Netherlands Emma van Popple, Nigeria’s Sarah Adegoke, Aanu Aiuegbusi, Blessing Anuna, Serena Teluwo, Omolade Aderemi were among those that progressed to the next round.

The second-round matches will be played on Tuesday, when it’s done, the Main Draw (Singles and Doubles) action will commence.

Other winners of the first round qualifiers include:

Amaud Sewanou of Benin

Darryl Hale of Great Britain

Alexey Dubinin of Russia,

Mohammed Mohammed (Nigeria)

Mathew Abamu (Nigeria)

Yadlapalli, Draper Emerge Champions Of Lagos Open F5 Futures

Pranjala Yadlapalli of India and Great Britain’s Jack Draper have emerged champions of the second leg of the Lagos Tennis Open.

Yadlapalli who also won the first leg of the event defeated Conny Perrin 6-1, 7-6 in the women’s singles final.

While in the men’s singles championship decider, Draper came from a set down to beat Tom Jomby of France 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Foreign Players Dominate First Leg Of Lagos Open


L-R: Men’s Singles winner, Tom Jomby from France, Vice Chairman of the LOC, Lagos Open Tennis, Engr, Afolabi Salami and Arthur Rinderiknech from France after the trophy presentation.

 

The first leg (Futures 4) of the Lagos Open 2018 has ended at the with Frenchman Tom Jomby and Indian girl, Pranjala Yadlapalli winning the men an and women’s singles respectively.

Jomby beat his compatriot Arthur Rinderiknech in the final match that ended 6-3,3-6,6-3, while Yadlapalli, tournament number 6 seed, who is ranked 395 in the world, upset the top seed Conny Perrin from Switzerland in 2-6,7-5,6-0 game at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. The Swiss star is ranked 146.

The Indian lady, who is in Lagos for the first time described her victory as a well fought win. She said she was happy that she could fight her way from the first round to the final in a tournament which standard is very high.

“I want to repeat this feat in the second week and I believe I can do it,” Yadlapalli said.

To Perrin, who won the women’s singles winner on three occasions in 2015, 2016 and 2017, she was not disappointed that she failed to win the first leg, adding that she gets another chance in the second week. “I will continue the fight in the second week. I’m not under pressure being a former champion. I will take the match one after the other,” she said.

Meanwhile, the second leg (Futures 5) of the Lagos Open Tennis has begun with the main draw serving off on Monday with no fewer than 86 players comprise 45 men and 41 taking part in this leg.

The players will be fighting for ranking points and the prize money of 50, 000 dollars.

Aruna Quadri To End 2015 As World Number 50

quadriNigeria’s Aruna Quadri will end 2015 as the world number 50 tennis player.

This is according to the latest ranking released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

In 2015, Quadri featured in more than five ITTF World Circuits, with his best being the Lagos Open, where he played in the final against Assar.

In Europe, he took part in the German, Spanish, Polish, Croatian and Swedish Opens.

Quadri was also in the Kuwait and Qatar Opens where he managed to make it to the last 32 in some of the tournaments.

His best outing in Europe was at the Croatian Open where he made it to the last 16.

Onaolapo, Omotayo Ready for Lagos ITTF World Tour

OMOTAYO-olajideItaly-based duo of Ojo Onaolapo and Olajide Omotayo believe the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour tagged Lagos Open would provide Nigerian players another opportunity to confirm their superiority in the sport.

Onaolapo, who was a member of the Nigerian team at the last ITTF Africa Senior Championships last month, would not want to remember the defeats he suffered to Egypt’s El-Sayed Lashin twice in Cairo, while Omotayo would not want the memory of his poor performance in 2014 to distract him during the 2015 Lagos Open.

Onaolapo, a silver medalist in the men’s doubles event at the Africa Senior Championships is hoping to use the tournament to settle scores with the Egyptians.

“My expectation for this year’s tournament is for me to train hard so that I can perform well in any pro tournament this year.

“It was a bit difficult for me in my first tournament for the year especially with my recent move to Europe. After returning to Europe I have corrected some of the mistakes that I made in Cairo at the Africa Senior Championship,” he said.

According to the Commonwealth Games bronze medalist: “My target is to win the both the U-21 and the men’s singles by God’s grace. I know I had to focus throughout the tournament because there is nothing impossible in table tennis and in life.”

For Onaolapo, the Egyptians would not have their way in Lagos. “I am not seeing the Egyptians as threats to my ambition because losing in Cairo has been forgotten. But I am in good mood to take on any of them and for me to overcome them, I just have to believe in myself because they are beatable,” he said.

As the defending champion of the U-21 event, Onaolapo said he is in form to participate in the Lagos Open as he is hoping for Nigeria’s dominance in the competition.

“I believe I can make good impact in the tournament because I am now 100 percent ready because I started my training after the Cairo tournament. There is no doubt that Nigerian players led by ITTF Star Player, Aruna Quadri can dominate the tournament. But I know the Egyptians are not pushovers so we should not look down on them. Other European players are also going to be tough,” Onaolapo said.

Unlike Onaolapo who has something to show for his efforts in 2014, Omotayo failed to dazzle the Lagos fans after he was bundled out of the tournament early having being considered as the next big thing in Africa table tennis circuit.

“I know that this year’s tournament will be more competitive because the Egyptians are coming with most of their best players and I am optimistic that Nigerian players will give them a run for the title. We are hoping to do what the Egyptian did at the just concluded ITTF Africa Senior Championships,” he said.

He added: “What happened last year has taught me that I must train well and not to rely on my skills alone. But this year, I am ready to put in my best this time around to make my fans, family and the board of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF) for what they have done to the game since they have come on board. My main target is to win the U-21 category and I am also targeting a good spot in the men’s singles event.”

With the presence of the current ITTF Star Player, Aruna Quadri and Africa champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar, Omotayo believes they would inspire him to impress.

“I believe I can make an impact at the tournament because I also been looking for an opportunity like this which I think it will trigger me to give my 100 percent participating alongside Quadri, Assar and so many more. For me it is an honour to have the 2014 ITTF male best player in our midst,” Omotayo concluded.