CBN Open Tennis: Aiyegbusi knocks out Samuel to gain 2nd round berth




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LAGOS – An unseeded, Aanu Aiyegbusi, who ousted top seed, Blessing Samuel, during the ongoing CBN Open Tennis, on Tuesday said she not expecting the victory at the time she did.

Aiyegbusi, who demolished Samuel, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) qualify for the round of the said: “I was not expecting to win this game.

“I thought we will end the game a draw but to my surprise, she lost the strength to keep going during the match.

“I noticed it when I won the second set and I told myself I can break her service to win the game.

“I am happy for my victory and I hope to play better in my next game, I made mistakes and my coach has since corrected them and I hope to keep winning,’’ Aiyegbusi vowed

The game had lasted for more than two hours as spectators cheered on the Lagos-based Aiyegbusi.

Samuel, in an apparent anger, shunned press interviews and instead hurried off to medical attention.

Sarah Adegoke, the number three seed thrashed unseeded Faith Samuel in a fast game, winning 6-0, 6-0 to also qualify to the second round.

Meanwhile, in men’s singles, an unseeded Nonso Madueke, defeated tournament’s number three, Lawal Shehu, 6-4, 6-1 to qualify to the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Samuel Omoile, seeded five defeated an unseeded, Owolabi Jinadu in two straight sets, 7-6, 6-2 to also qualify.

The wheelchair tennis event will commence on May 14 at the Stadium, Lagos. (NAN)