26th October, 2012
Top seed in the Women’s Singles, Nina Bratchikova of Russia saw her ambition to defend the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship she won last year falling apart as exhaustion and stomach cramp forced her to abandon the semi final game of Futures 2 of this year’s edition against Conny Perrin on Friday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Nina, who came to the 12th edition of the Governor’s Cup this year with Number 93 in the world ranking, lost the first set of the pulsating match to Perrin 6-7. She was also losing out the second set by 0-2 when she suddenly slumped on the Centre Court Friday afternoon.
The unfortunate situation drew the attention of the Referee who quickly called for help from medical team led by Dr. Akin George. Nina was rushed out for proper medical attention. Though she later recovered, the Tournament Referee, South African Anton Rens, ordered the stoppage of the match and the Swiss lady was awarded the tie.
Perrin will now play Cristiana Dinu of Romania in Saturday’s final. Dinu, who won the first leg, defeated Slovakia’s Tadeja Majeric in straight sets of 6-2, 7-6(3).
Dr. George told P.M.News that Lagos heat was responsible for the exhaustion which led to the collapsed of Nina during the match, adding that upon close examination, the medical team discovered that she also had stomach cramp. He, however, assured that the Russian lady, who reached the third round of the 2012 Australian Open, has recovered.
Meanwhile, the final of the Men’s Singles will be played between South African Ruan Roelofse and Spanish Enrique Lopez-Perez at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan Saturday.
Roelofse beat Italian Alessandro Bega in straight set of 7-5,6-1 in the semi final tie played Friday, while Lopez-Perez who won Futures 1 scaled the hurdle of Japanese Kento Takeuch in another straight sets of 6-3,6-3.
The Women’s Doubles of the second leg was won by the duo of Conncy Perrin and South African Channel Simmonds who defeated Chinese twins, Jia Xiang Lu and Jia-Jing Lu in Super tie break. The game ended 6-2, 3-6, 10/7.
The Men’s Doubles was won by the pairs of Kamil Capkovic of Slovakia and Ruan Roelofse of South Africa who beat the duo of Italian Alessandro Bega and Spain’s Enrique Lopez-Perez 6-3, 6-2.
The final of the Women’s Singles will flag off Saturday’s final ceremony by 1pm. Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has been scheduled to play an exhibition game by 2:30pm before the final of the Men’s Singles serves off by 3pm. Presentations of trophies and awards will round off the ceremony which will be attended by dignitaries that include the Chief Executive Officers of the major sponsors; FCMB Plc and Etisalat Nigeria.