Governor’s Cup: Imeh knocks out French star

Posted on Oct 18 2017 - 7:59am by admin

’Tana Aiyejina

Nigerian player, Joseph Imeh, on Tuesday defeated his French opponent Stephan Fransen to cause one of the biggest upsets in the men’s singles event at the ongoing 2017 Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship.

Ranked world number 1951 and backed by the home fans, Imeh outclassed his better rated Frenchman — 562 —  0-6,6-3,6-0 in the first round of the second leg (Futures 5) of the competition at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.

Fransen was a finalist in the men’s singles in Futures 4.

Imeh now faces another tough test against tournament number four seed Ilkel Cem of Turkey in the second round on Wednesday.

But Imeh’s compatriot, Henry Atseye, retired in the second set of his game against IlijaVucic of Serbia with score at 6-2,2-0, in favour of the European. Also, Christopher Bulus lost to Thomas Setodji of France 6-4,6-4 in the men’s singles.

In other men’s singles results, South African Lance-Pierre du Toit beat Giovanni Samaha of Liberia 5-7,6-3,6-0, while tournament number one, Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran, cruised past France’s Manuel Guinard 6-4,6-0.

In the women’s singles, Nigerian Oyinlomo Quadre lost to number 8 seed Harmony Tan of France 6-4,6-0. Futures 4 winner in the women’s singles, Israeli Denizkhazaniuk beat AdetayoAdetunji 6-1,6-1.

Meanwhile, Conny Perrin of Switzerland advanced to the second round after her opponent, Jesmin Jebawy of Germany retired in the second set of their match. The match ended 6-0,2-0. Number two seed, Ayla Aksu from Turkey beat Tiffany William of Great Britain 6-4, 6-4.

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