The Women’s Singles semi finals of the on-going Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Open hold on Friday, 18 October, but a major upset was recorded on Thursday, as number 7 seed, Roelose Ruan of South Africa upset top seeded Hiroki Kondo in straight sets of 7-6, 7-5.
In the parings slated for Friday and released by organisers of the ITF-sanctioned tournament, Christina Dinu will exchange strokes with Dalila jakupovic in the first Women’s Singles semi final, while Tadeja Majeric faces Naomi Broady in the second semi final.
Earlier on Thursday, some quarter final games were concluded, with number
8 seed Dalila Jakuopovic from Slopvakia beating Giola Barbieri from Italy 6-4, 6-2
in the Women’s Singles. Also, 7th seed Briton Naomi Brandy defeated Indian player, Prathana Thombare 6-1, 6-2, while last year’s Futures 2 winner; who is the 5th seed, Cristina Dinu defeated 4th seed, Chanel Simmonds of South Africa 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Number 1 seed, Slovak Tadeja Majeric also defeated Melanie Klaffner of Austria in straight sets of 6-1, 6-3, while number 5 seed in the Men’s category; Ante Pavic from Croatia out-stroked Mithun Murali of India 6-1, 6-2.
In the other result, Borna Coric of Croatia defeated vishnu Vardhan of India 6-2, 6-1, and Ruan Roelofse will engage Borna Coric in one of the Men’s Singles semi finals.
In the Women’s Doubles event, the pair of Naomi Broady and Emily Webley Smith from London, defeated the pair of Stamtia Fafaliou (Greece) and Alexandra Riley (USA) 6-3, 6-3, while Doubles finals hold on Friday.
After Thursday’s games, Ruan said: “I had played Kondo before at a tourney in Thailand three years ago, where I defeated him. I knew him before coming to Nigeria, but his game has changed because he was tough today.
“I used to play about 20 to 25 tournaments around the world in a year, and I go around with the money realised from the prize money I get, as I have no sponsor. Fund has always been a big challenge for me though. Apart from tennis, I like playing golf a lot, though tennis is my first love.”
Cristina Dinu, who defeated 4th seed, Chanel Simmonds of South Africa said: “My plan to get through with the match in 2 sets was met with resistance from Chanel who dragged the match to three sets. She is a good player, but I have to go back and prepare for the semi final match against another tough opponent, Jakupovic.
“The Governor’s Cup has been a good ground for us to improve on our ranking especially I. I won the tournament last year and I’m looking forward to winning it again this year.
“Having said that, my ambition is to be a world class player and play in the Grand Slam. I started playing tennis when I was six years, and I can say that tennis is good in my country. I will advise Nigeria as a country to support her players. I can see that they have great potentials to be great in the sport, but they lack experience probably because they don’t play enough tournaments.”