Pam, Other Nigerians Shine At ITF Circuit

Nigeria’s Elizabeth Pam is waxing stronger in the girl’s singles of the ongoing ITF West & Central Africa Circuit holding in Benin Republic.
Pam justified her second seed status as when overpowered Franciscan Nyarko of Ghana 6-2, 6-4 in the girl’s singles but her compatriot, Venus Ubiebi, had her runs halted, following a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Carmen Kpadonou of Benin.
London-based Garos-Pam, who caused series of upsets by reaching the final of the 2014 CBN Open in Lagos, will be up to revenge the defeat of Ubiebi as she battles Benin’s Esperence Follykoue for a place in the semi final of the circuit.
Also, Ikechukwu Iloputa of Nigeria defeated Thailand’s Palaphoom Kovapitukted 6-4, 6-2 as other Nigerian players will battle for places in the semi finals of the boy’s singles of the ongoing ITF West & Central Africa Circuit holding in Benin Republic.
Iloputa was seeded tenth while Kavapitukted was the tournament’s number eight seed.
Joseph Ubon was among the country’s players who are still on course for the title as he defeated another Nigerian Tochukwu Eze 6-1, 6-2 and the third-seeded Ubon will now face Kouadio Koffi of Cote d’Ivoire, a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 winner over Itchya Meesommon of Thailand in one of Thursday’s quarterfinal ties at the Tennis Club de L’Amitie Cotonou.
Another match between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire will see fifth seeded Emmanuel Audu facing a stern test as he battles number one seed Gueninle Ouattara.
Audu breezed past Stanislas Ekemon Agu of Benin 6-2, 6-4 while Ouattara crushed Nigeria’s Oche Adehi 6-1, 6-0.
Iloputa will now battle his compatriot Mohammed Mohammed for a place in the last-four after the latter’s 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Connor Yao of Cote d’Ivoire.
Meanwhile, no fewer than ten Nigerian players will file out to play in the doubles on Thursday with the tie between Nigerians; Ubon and Mohammed against Gandonou brothers; Dominique and Dossou of Benin, the eye-catching of the fixtures.

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