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Governor’s Cup 2nd leg: Nigerians crash in first round  

*Same story of exits in the women category

By Adeyemi Robinson-Adefioye, Lagos

None of the Nigerians who played their first matches of the main draws of the second leg (Futures 5) in the ongoing 17th Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship failed to live up to expectations as they could not survive the superior power of their better experienced foreign counterparts on Monday.

Hugo Largo of Spain beat Christopher Andrew Itodo of Nigeria in straight set of   6-1, 6-1. Ivorian Joel Meda also defeated Emmanuel Idoko in   6-2, 1-6, 7-5 game. Chandril Sood of India got the best out of  Michael Oluwatosin Osewa in straight set of 6-0, 6-2 all in the men’s singles.

It was the same old story in the women’s singles as the local girls suffered the same fate as their men’s. Angel MaCleod who was coming from injury to play in the main draws courtesy of the wildcard given to her was stopped by former champion, Tadeja Majeric from Slovakia in straight set of  6-0, 6-1. Canada based Nigerian Nifemi Akinbiyi was stopped in 6-1, 6-1 by Mexican Ana Sofia Sanchez.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Karim-Mohamed Maamoun who was sent packing in the first round of the first leg last week was so serious with his game this time around as he moved on to the second round of the second leg after a resounding straight set 6-4,6-4 win over one of the Sabanov’s brothers, Matej.. Turkish Ilkel Cem beat Johan Sebastien Tatlot of France 6-3,6-3. Indian Jayesh Pungliya defeated Tunisian Moez Echargui in 6-7, 6-3, 5-2 retired match.

More first round will be decided on Tuesday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. Nigerians would have been looking forward to one of their folks doing well enough to progress into the next rounds of the Governor’s Cup tennis championship.

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