Governor's Cup 2nd Leg: Wildcard Mbanu Beats Russian Star

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Nigerian boy, Onyeka Mbanu surprised critics yesterday when he battled his way through to the second round of the second leg of the ongoing Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship.

Wildcard Mbanu beat Russian star Alexei Filenkov in a tight game that ended 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-2 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan. The Nigerian star will, however, face a herculean task in the second round match as he faces tournament number 6, Ante Pavic of Croatia, who beat Greece’s Paris Gemouchidis 6-2, 6-1.

Most of the Nigerian girls who played in the first round yesterday were not as lucky as Mbanu; they bowed to the fire power of their foreign counterparts. Christy Agugbom was defeated in a 6-2, 6-0 match, Blessing Anuna was stopped by South African Natasha Fourouclas in a 6-0, 6-1 tie. Sarah Adegoke was beaten 6-0, 6-0 by Romania’s Agnes Szatmari.

Meanwhile, American teenager, Vickery Sachia had an easy victory over Margarita Lazareva of Russia in straight sets of 6-1, 6-2. She will play number 4 seed, Conny Perrin of Switzerland in the second round. Perrin beat Tamara Curovic of Serbia in a 6-2, 7-6(8) game.

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Other matches in the women’s singles saw Poojashree Venkatesha of India losing to compatriot, Nldhi Chilumula in a 2-6, 1-6 game. Ksenia Lykina of Russia beat Anna Floris of Italy 7-5, 6-7-6-3. Tamaryn Hendler of Belgium defeated Karolina Nowak of Germany 6-2, 6-4.

In the Men’s Singles, tournament number 1, Slovakian Kamil Capkovic beat compatriot Marko Danis in straight sets of 6-0,6-0. Terence Nugent of Ivory Coast defeated Nigerian Nonso Madueke in 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 game. Croatia’s Ante Pavic beat Senegalese Daouda Ndiaye beat Steffen Solomon. 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Indian Vijayant Malik defeated Kaza Vinayak Sharma 6-2,6-2 who is also from India. Japanese Yusuke Watanuki beat Zimbabwe’s Maek Fynn 6-3, 6-3.

—Olusegun Abidoye

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