2019 Lagos Open: Nigerian Hopes Extinguished As Players Fail To Make Q/Finals

The 2019 Lagos Open will have no Nigerian presence in the quarterfinals after the country’s remaining players all failed to progress past the second round on of the competition on Thursday.

In the women’s draw, teenage sensation Oyinlomo Quadre gave up a set lead to lose to in three sets to fifth seed Riya Bhatia.

Bhatia will play second seed Sandra Samir in the quarterfinals after the Egyptian accounted for Nigeria’s top-ranked player Blessing Samuel without dropping a game.

Other games on Thursday saw Africa’s top-ranked junior player, Sada Nahimana of Burundi defeat Tamara Curovic 6-4, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal encounter with Dutchwoman, Lexie Stevens.

Stevens was a straight sets winner over South Africa’s Isabella Kruger whose sister Zoe, also crashed out 6-2, 6-3 to Slovenian, Nastja Kolar.

The fifth-seeded Kolar faces Fanny Ostlund of Sweden for a place in the semifinal after the Swede advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-6(2), 6-0 victory over India’s Sowjanya Bavisetti.

Completing the quarterfinals lineup in the women’s draw is the pairing between Indian fourth-seed Rutuja Bhosale and sixth-seeded Brazilian Laura Pigossi.

Bhosale dispatched compatriot Sathwika Sama 6-0, 6-2 while Pigossi defeated Nika Kukharchuk 7-5, 6-2, to progress to the quarter-finals.

In the men’s draw, Nigeria’s Emmanuel Idoko put up a stiff opposition but ultimately came unstuck 7-5, 6-4 against tournament top seed Skander Mansouri of Tunisia.

In the quarterfinals, Mansouri, who is on the hunt for a fifth ITF Tour title this year will play seventh seed Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe who advanced after Nigeria’s Joseph Imeh retired injured when trailing 3-0 in the first set.

Elsewhere, 2015 champion, Aldin Setkic secured a straightforward 6-3, 6-1 victory over Indian qualifier, Yash Chaurasia.

The 31-year-old Bosnian who is playing in Lagos for the first time since his 2015 triumph, will next take on second seed Aziz Dougaz of Tunisia who bounced back from losing the first set to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win against Frenchman Thomas Setodji.

Austrian fourth seed, David Pichler completely outclassed American William Bushamuka 6-1, 6-0 to set up a quarterfinal tie against Aryan Goveas, the 8th seed from India, who dispatched Kevin Cheruiyot of Kenya 6-3, 6-2.

Fifth seed Calvin Hemery lost just two games in his march to the quarterfinals dismissing Tunisia’s Aziz Ouakaa 6-0, 6-2.

He will face fifth-seeded Zimbabwean Mehluli Sibanda, who came from behind to beat Jatin Dahiya 5-7, 6-2, 6-0, in the quarterfinals.