Nigeria’s Oyinlomo Quadre and several other African players were on Wednesday sent packing from the singles events of the ongoing Lagos Open Tennis 2018, as top seeds Tom Jomby and Conny Perrin advanced to the quarter-finals.
Former champion Perrin defeated Frenchwoman Clothilde De Bernardi 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. The 23-year-old De Bernardi put up a fight, but Perrin, nicknamed the Queen of Lagos, proved too strong for her in the end on Court 1 of the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Women’s top seed Perrin was dominant in the first set winning 6-1 but the French lady shocked her Swiss opponent 6-3 in the second before Conny responded with an early break in the third set and went on to win 6-2.
Men’s number one Jomby also defeated American Tyler Lu 7-6(4), 6-2 to progress to the last eight.
The Frenchman weaved the magic in the second set after a difficult first set and will now play Indian Aryan Goveas for a place in the semi-finals.
However, it was a sad tale for most Africans, save for Zimbabwean Benjamin Lock, who beat Tunisian Aziz Ouakaa 6-4, 6-3 in the men’s singles to advance
Ukrainian Valeriya Strakhova sent Quadre home 6-2, 6-3 while another Tunisian Skander Mansouri lost 6-3 (retd) to Lloyd Glasspool (Great Britain).
India’s Kaliyanda Poonacha moved into the quarter-finals after a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 win over Benin’s Alexis Klegou. Also, Danylo Kalenichenko (Ukraine) eased past Arnaud Sewanou (Benin) 6-1,6-0.
South Africans Lance-Pierre Du Toit and Zoe Kruger also crashed out to cap a miserable day for the continent’s players.
Du Toit lost 6-2, 6-2 to Jack Draper (Great Britain) while Tereza Mihailikova beat Kruger 6-2,6-3.
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