2019 Lagos Open: Setkic, Hemery Battle In Men’s Final, Nahimana, Pigossi Aim For Women’s Title

Aldin Setkic and Calvin Hemery will go head to head in the final of the men’s singles while Africa’s top-ranked junior, Sada Nahimana of Burundi and Brazil’s Laura Pigossi will face off in the final of the women’s singles as the first leg of the 2019 Lagos Open winds down on Monday.

Setkic, who has dropped just one set on his return to the tournament four years after he won the title, will look to get the better of the impressive Hemery in what is a first meeting between the pair.

The 2015 Lagos Open champion advanced to the final after a thrilling three-set semifinal win over Austrian David Pichler that lasted for over two-and-a-half-hours.

With rain having disrupted play on Friday and Saturday, Setkic, 31, contested his quarterfinal match against Aziz Douglas, winning in straight sets before winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 against Pichler to stay one game away from a 28th career ITF title.

Hemery, a finalist in 2016 and yet to lose a set all week, was in imperious form against Takanyi Garanganga in the semifinal, eviscerating the Zimbabwean 6-4, 6-0 having earlier dispatched Mehluli Sibanda 7-5, 6-4 in the quarters.

Calvin Hemery

In the women’s singles, 18-year-old Africa’s top-ranked junior, Sada Nahimana of Burundi, impressive throughout this tournament and yet to drop a set, saw off eight-seed Fanny Ostlund 6-3, 6-1 to progress to a third consecutive final on the ITF tour this year.

Sada Nahimana

Laura Pigossi, meanwhile, progressed to the final also without having not dropped a set all week. She beat India’s Riya Bhatia 6-2, 6-2 in the last four to advance to her third final this year as she seeks a 5th career ITF title and first since 2016.

Laura Pigossi

Pigossi could make it a double on Monday if she succeeds in winning the women’s double title alongside partner Rutuja Bhossale. The pair take on Sandra Samir and Prarthana Thombare in the women doubles final.

The men’s doubles final is a contest between Zimbabweans, Benjamin Lock and John Lock who come up against the Tunisian pair of Skander Mansouri and Aziz Dougaz.