Turkey’s Cem Ilkel on Wednesday defeated Nigeria’s Joseph Ubon, the only Nigerian player left in the ongoing 2017 Governor’s Cup Tennis men singles at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ilkel, tournament’s number four seed, beat Ubon 6-0, 6-3 to move to the quarter-finals.
IIkel said, “I had watched his style of play in the first leg and I was able to identify his strengths and weaknesses.
“I also watched his game when he defeated Stephan Fransen of the Netherlands.
“I noticed that he was consistence in his pattern of play, he rarely changed from those loopholes I saw in the first leg.
“So I capitalised on them, this gave me the more needed victory.”
Ubon said he did not put in much aggression in his game.
He said, “I thought I could play a defensive pattern but my opponent forced me to an offensive game.
“I wish I didn’t play that way. I am still not happy I lost the game because I had high hopes of going far in the competition.”
In other men single’s game, unseeded Frenchman, Tom Jomby, defeated Serbian Ilona Vucic, 7-6, 6-4, while number seven seeded, Johan Tatlot of France beat his compatriot Thomas Setodji in two sets, 6-4, 6-1.
The finals of the second leg will hold on October 21.
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