Nigeria doubles duo of Godwin Olofua and Anuopeyori    

Africa and Nigeria number one, Anuolwapo Opeyori has been knocked out from the men’s singles event by Russian, Sergey Sirant at the ongoing Lagos International Badminton Classics in straight sets 21-8, 21-15.

Opeyori who is unseeded at this year’s classics was a shadow of himself as he was overwhelmed by the 4th seed Sirant.

After been whitewashed under 10 in the first set at 21-8, the Africa top seed started to gain momentum in the second set but Sirant saw off the challenge rather easily to the dismay of the home supporters.

Anuolwapo Opeyori who will now be looking for redemption in the men’s doubles event with his partner and Nigeria number two, Godwin Olofua emerged champion in last month’s All Africa Senior Championship in Rivers State.


Nigeria’s Godwin Olofua in action                                                       

Other results in the men’s singles category saw Godwin Olofua lose a nervy three set game to USA’s Howard Shu 21-13, 16-21, 21-17 as thet fans cheered the Lagos state born Mutual Benefit Champion.


Nigeria’s Dorcas Adesokan with a serve


The women’s singles category left some hopes in the hearts of the watching fans as Nigeria’s number one female player, Dorcas Adesokan defeated familiar Egyptian opposition, Hadia Hosny in straight sets 21-18, 21-16 to advance to the round of 16.

Deborah Ukeh held her nerves in her round of 32 game to see off the challenge from Aisha Naklyemba 21-17, 14-21, 21-8 while Amin Christopher’s singles tournament ended in the hands of third seed, Ksenia Polikarpova from Israel.

Nigeria’s female teen sensation, Sofiat Arinola was given a harsh debut at her first Lagos International Badminton Classics as she was beaten 21-10, 21-8 by 4th seed Aliye Demirbag from Turkey.

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