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 was not expecting the victory at the time she did.

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

“I thought we will end the game in 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 that 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 seek 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 National Stadium, Lagos. (NAN)


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