World’s number one Junior tennis player, Borna Coric from Croatia, has won the first leg of the Men’s Singles final of the on-going Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Open, defeating compatriot, Ante Pavic in straight sets of 6-4,6-3.
The current Junior US Open Champion confirmed his status as pre-tournament favourite when he saw off his more experienced compatriot in a keenly contested final at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan in Lagos.
Coric, 16, had initially vowed to continue with his brilliant form which saw him defeat South Africa’s Ruan Roelofse in the semis before setting up an ‘all-Croatian’ final, and lived to up to his promise.
The teenage sensation told journalists after the match, that he was delighted to win the first leg, despite playing against such a tough opponent.
“It was a tough match and I’m glad that I succeeded in defeating him (Pavic). He’s somebody I’m used to and I really want to use this medium to appreciate the Croatian Tennis Federation for their support.
“It would be nice to win the second leg, but one thing I can be so sure of is that it will be keenly contested just like the first leg”, the player said.
In the Women’s Singles of the first leg, Slovenia’s Tadeja Majeric showed great composure to defeat compatriot, Dalila Jakupovic in straight sets of 7-5, 7-5 to cart home the $25,000 prize money.
The tourney’s top seed maintained her number one spot to clinch the trophy in a game that lasted over two hours.
After the match, Majeric expressed her satisfaction for winning and said that she’s used to the terrain, having won the ITF Futures in the past.
She said: “I can say that I’m third time lucky becuae I’ve tried to win it on two occasions before but did not succeed so it was a good win for me.
“But I must confess that it did not come on a platter of gold because I really worked to get thus far”.
The qualifiers for the second leg of the tournament started on Sunday, with so many Nigerian players looking to salvage their pride and the country, having failed to impress in the first leg of the Etisalat Nigeria and FCMB co-sponsored championship.
In the Men’s Doubles event, Croatian player, Ante Pavic paired with South Africa’s Ruan Roelofse to bundle out the Croatian pair of Borna Coric and Dino Macan in straight sets of 7-6, 6-2.
In the female category, British pair of Naomi Broady and Emily Webley-Smith put up a brave performance to defeat Oman’s Fatma Al Nabhani and Christian Dinu from Romania in a- three-set thriller that ended in 4-6, 6-3 and 10-6.