Top seeds ease into Lagos Open second round; Nigerians bow out

Top seeds, Conny Perrin, Tom Jomby, as well as Deniz Khazaniuk and Benjamin Lock, who are both seeded second in the men’s and women’s field, eased into the second round of the Lagos Open in Onikan on Tuesday.

Conny Perrin, who’s bidding for a fourth Lagos Open crown, defeated India’s Jennifer Luikham 6-4, 6-2 to advance

18-year-old Luikham had kept Perrin in check for most of the opening set, but the Swiss would get the crucial break in the ninth game to go 5-4 up, and from there onwards, there was no looking back. She stormed into a 4-0 lead in the second set and despite Luikham’s best effort to reduce the deficit, Perrin closed out the match with a comfortable hold in an hour and 40 minutes.

Perrin will next play Clothilde de Bernardi, who defeated Olga Brozda in three sets on Monday.

Second seed, Deniz Khazaniuk, who’s seeking to defend her first leg singles title, claimed a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 victory over Tiffany Williams of Great Britain. The Israeli will play Dutchwoman Rosalie Van Der Hoek in the second round on Wednesday.

In the men’s field, top seed, Tom Jomby of France brought 15-year-old Sylvestre Monnou’s campaign to an end with a 6-1, 6-4 win in just under an hour, while second seed, Benjamin Lock of Zimbabwe needed just 49 minutes to ease into the second round, claiming a 6-1, 6-1 win over British wild card entrant, Andu Mukhtar.

It turned out to be quite a bad day for the Brits in Onikan as Darryl Hale also, was knocked out 6-0, 6-1 by Alexis Klegou of Benin in 46 minutes.

Meanwhile, Oyinlomo Quadre is now the only Nigerian left in the main draws of the singles event after Loveth Donatus, Christian Paul and Mohammed Mohammed fell to defeat in the first round.

Christian Paul, who was a quarterfinalist in 2015, was beaten 6-2, 6-0 by Hugo Largo of Spain, while Mohammed Mohammed fell to South Africa’s Lance-Pierre Du Toit 1-6, 4-6.

Elsewhere, Loveth Donatus was knocked out 6-9, 6-2 by Frenchwoman Estelle Cascino.

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