Downpour on Friday did not stop the top male seed at the ongoing Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis tournament, Enrique Lopez-Perez, from getting a ticket to the final.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria covering the championship reports that the downpour affected the clement weather experienced before.
The Spaniard defeated Egypt’s Karim-Mohamed Maaroun, seeded number three, 6-4, 6-4 at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
The match that lasted less than an hour saw the confidence with which the top seed delivered his balls deep into the half of his opponent.
Lopez-Perez told NAN after the game that he knew he would defeat his opponent because he had studied his last two matches and found his weakness.
Lopez-Perez said: “I saw myself winning the match; all I needed to do was to work on his weakness.
“I made sure I put more of my balls at the far left corner of the court where he would run to retrieve them.
“I don’t know if I will meet Sasi Mukund from India or the French man, Gainni Mina, but I am certain I’ll contain any of them.”
NAN reports that Julia Terziyska of Bulgaria, seeded six, will settle scores with Switzerland’s Conny Perrin in one of the semi-final games in the women’s singles.
Tadeja Majeric of Slovakia, seeded two, and number five seed, Deniz Khazaniuk of Israel, will fight for the final ticket.
The players came from 39 countries of the world and are fighting for ranking points and the $50,000 prize money in the men’s and women’s events.
The finals of the first leg of the competition will hold on Sunday.