Governor's Cup: Tough 2nd Round Ties For Top Seeds

•13-year-old Angel McCleod at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan yesterday, Photo- Damilare Okunola

•13-year-old Angel McCleod at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.

Damilare Okunola

Top seeds at the ongoing Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Invitational Championship, will have their hands full as the second round of the Abridged version of the competition kicks off today.

Three of the eight top seeds had been dumped out of the tournament in the first round but the remaining five will have their works cut out when hostilities begin today.

Number one seed, Takanyi Garanganga, who struggled to defeat Musa Bala yesterday, will take on youngster, Sylvester Emmanuel, while number two seed, Clifford Enosoregbe, will battle against Moses Michael.

Veteran, Abdulmumuni Babalola, who also believes he can win the competition, will face a stubborn Duncan Mugabe from Uganda as injury-prone Henry Atseye will slug it out against Albert Bikom, another strong player.

Lawal Shehu, who played the final set in his match against Emmanuel Sunday, will have his hands full when he plays Nonso Madueke in another tough duel today.

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In the Women’s Singles, number one seed, Zarah Razafinmahatratra from Madagascar will play Faith Sunday just as Sarah Adegoke, another top star will seek to outclass Aminat Quadri.

Former number one player, Blessing Samuel will face veteran Omotayo Ibrahim while youngster, Angel McCleod, will seek to progress at the expense of Christie Agugbom, another veteran of Nigerian female tennis.

Lolia Kienka will also face Beauty McCleod in one of the top clashes of the day and Ronke Akingbade will square up against her friend, Blessing Anuna.

Meanwhile, Sylvester Emmanuel remains unperturbed by his pairing against number one seed, Garanganga despite the fact that his semi-final target may be slowly fading away.

The youngster, told our correspondent this morning that, “I remain focussed and my desire has not changed. I will play to the best of my ability and see where it will take me.

“Defeat is not an option for me, so I will play to win”.

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