*More Nigerians lose out of the tourney
By Adeyemi Robinson-Adefioye, Lagos
Slovenia player, Tadeja Majeric, who won the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship in 2013 and 2016 editions was sent out of the first leg (Futures 4) of the competition this year in the first round matches played at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club , Onikan on Tuesday.
Majeric, number 7th seed in the women’s category, was ranked number 367 in the world, was defeated by French Estelle Cascino, an unseeded player from Marseille in straight set of 6-3, 6-2.
Majeric was coming into the match with an impressive record having won nine singles career titles and seven doubles crowns than Cascino, ranked 460, who had three singles and nine doubles titles to her credit.
In other women matches, South Africa-based Nigerian player, Adetayo Adetunji, could not make it past her more experienced number two seed, Ayla Aksu from Turkey in a match that ended 0-6, 1-6.
Brazilian Nicole Santos beat South African Lance-Pierre Du Toit 7-5, 6-2, Alejandro Davidonich Fokina from Spain defeated Nigerian Christopher Andrew Itodo 6-1, 6-0 whileAmerican Alexandra Riley stopped German Janira Geiss 6-2, 6-3, Zimbabweans Valeria Bhunu defeated Canada based Nigerian Nifemi Akinbiyi 6-3, 7-5.
In the men’s singles, second seed, Turkish Ilkel Cem beat Croatian Ivan Sabanov 6-4, 6-4, Matej Sabanov defeated Nigerian Thomas Otu 6-0, 6-3, Thomas Setodji beat Nigerian Henry Atseye 6-3, 6-0.