Nigerian players Clifford Enosoregbe and Sylvester Emmanuel on Wednesday caused major upsets in the second round of the men’s singles event of the 16th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship as they advanced to the quarterfinals of the $100,000 event.
Enosoregbe recorded a shock 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-2 second round win over eighth seed Polish Maciej Smola while Emmanuel overcame tournament’s number six seed Benin Republic’s Klegou Alexis 6-7, 6-1, 7-6 (1) in a grueling match that lasted three hours 15 minutes at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Enosoregbe will battle tournament number four seed Indian Sasi Kumar Mukund while Emmanuel faces Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun on Thursday, with the Nigerian duo gunning for a historic appearance—for the country – in the semifinal of the International Tennis Federation-approved pro circuit.
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The wins brought smiles to the faces of the home fans, who had endured a torrid time watching the country’s players crash out in their numbers.
“The Polish guy was tough. It was not easy playing against him, especially being the number eight seed of the tournament. I was able to beat him because I trained hard for the competition in Benin with my younger brother. As I look forward to my next match, I will keep calm, knowing that I must win to keep the Nigerian flag flying,” Enosoregbe said.
However, more Nigerians were sent packing from the Futures 5 of the Governor’s Cup. Boy Westerhof of The Netherlands defeated Henry Atseye 6-1, 6-4.
Westerhof will play number one seed Spain’s Enrique Lopez-Perez in the quarterfinal. Lopez-Perez defeated Ugandan Duncan Mugabe 6-4, 6-0. Edward Anefu retired due to injury in the second set of his match against Karim-Mohamed Maamoun of Egypt.
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