Onukogu Kanayochuqu Jubal
After seeing their quest for glory fall flat at the just-concluded Tombim Abuja Open, four of Nigeria’s representatives would, today, begin their chase for a memorable outing at the 2nd Dayak Championship Nigeria F2 Futures, as they file out for action in the main draw today.
Of the seven who flew the nation’s flag in the last week’s event, only two snuck into the second round, where they fell to superior opponents.
Eight singles’ matches would be decided today, with the Centre Court match between Clifford Enosoregbe and Pole Mateusz Smolicki expected to be the most interesting.
Enosoregbe, who made into the second round at last week’s Tombim Open, would be keen to match his Polish counterpart, who would be eyeing an improved performance from last week where he was knocked out in the first round.
Also, Thomas Otu and Christian Paul would battle it out for a second-round ticket in an all-Nigeria tie, while Sylvester Emmanuel would try American Aaron Pierce for size on Centre Court.
Top seed Calvin Hemery would open his account with an encounter with Guatemalan Christopher Diaz-Figueroa.
The Franco-Nigerian is expected to be among the star performers in the Nigeria F2 Futures tournament which would follow on the heels of his triumph at the USA F15 barely a week ago in Florida.
Yesterday, Tunisian Moez Echargui bagged the only upset of the day, with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over sixth seed and Zimbabwean Benjamin Lock, as all the four other seeded players in action for the day navigated their way to the second round.
Third-seeded Alessandro Bega of Italy eased past Karim Hossam of Egypt 6-3, 6-0, while Spaniard Hugo Lago came from a set down to edge Beninoise Felix Hounkpevi. Serbian fourth seed, Pedja Krstin, had to be at his best to beat Indian Haadin Bava 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, while Takanyi Garaganga of Zimbabwe cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Pablo Schelcher Muro of Spain.
Also, Ivan Marrero Curbelo of Spain went through, as he was leading 4-1 against Australian Mark Verryth who retired due to illness, while Frenchman Thomas Setodji edged Adrian Andrzejczuk 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.
Hemery and Sylvester are also through to the next round in the doubles as they walked over Spaniard Hugo Lago and Aussie Mark Verryth