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Last standing Nigerians fall in Tombim Abuja Open as top seeds advance

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The Tombim Abuja Open had its remaining standing Nigerian players beaten alongside their respective partners in the doubles event on Wednesday.

Karunuday Singh and Aryan Goveas teamed up well to take down the pair of Nigeria’s Joseph Imeh and Takanyi Garanganga 6-4, 6-3, while the duo of Sylvester Emmanuel and Tukhula Jacobs fell to hard-hitting Frenchmen Tom Jomby and Remi Boutillier 6-3, 6-2.

Croatian duo, Ivan Sebanov and Mateo Sebanov were stunned 6-4, 6-4 by Alexis Klegou and Thomas Setodji.

In the singles, top-seeded Swede Markus Eriksson fought off a brave challenge from Benin’s Alexis Klegou to remain on course for a first title this year.

Eriksson held off the Beninese to reach the quarterfinals with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 victory in Abuja. He will next face fifth seed Jelle Sels, who beat India’s Karunuday Singh 6-4, 6-4 to also advance.

Zimbabwe’s Takanyi Garanganga failed to better his outing in last year’s edition as he succumbed to a 3-6, 4-6 defeat at the hands of Stephan Gerritsen of the Netherlands.

Elsewhere, Tukhula Jacobs of Namibia was in sensational form as he claimed a comfortable 6-3, 6-2 victory over Frenchman, Remi Boutillier to reach the quarterfinals.

Jacobs will fancy his chances of advancing to the semifinals when plays Brazil’s Joao Menezes, who edged Aryan Goveas in a tight three sets encounter, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

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