Top seeds at the Lagos International Squash Classics, Wale Amao and Yemisi Olatunji continue their fine form as the competition enters crucial stage.
Amao, who is the men’s number one seed needed just 35 minutes to dismiss Seun Jayeola 11-2, 11-9, 11-3 in the first round.
Women’s number one seed, Yemisi Olatunji was without mercy against Grace Mayh as she spent just 20 minutes in an encounter that ended 11-4, 11-1, 11-0.
In other matches played in the men’s event of the opening day, Idowu Enimakure was stretched to the fourth game by Moshood Abubakar but eventually won 5-11, 14-12, 11-5, 11-9 to progress to the quarterfinal stage.
Other players in the last eight of the men’s event include Shola Thomas, Sodiq Taiwo, Endurance Omosor, Jerry Ogunjiofor, Lanre Abdulrahman and Moses Durosinmi.
Other female players that joined Olatunji in the quarterfinal are Kally Yashim, Omolola Ajayi, Dunni Okikiola and Taiwo Ebifemi, while the trio of Bisi Adeleke, Sunday Veronica and Busayo Olatunji walked over their opponents to move to the next stage.
Ex-international, Wasiu Sanni commended the players for their quality of play, which he described as impressive.
“I must tell you that the standard is very high and the players gave a good account of themselves. The seeded players like Amao and Olatunji are in fine form and other players are not pushovers.
“Being a PSA-sanctioned tournament, all the players are hoping to use it to garner world ranking points while the fate of all the players that failed to show up for their matches will be decided by the PSA. It is not a national competition but an international tournament with most of the final decision to be taken by the world body,” Sanni said.
The tournament will run from March 17 to 19, with the top eight players sharing $2,500 in the men’s event while the top female players will also share $1,500.