The women’s singles category of the CBN Senior Open will have a new champion this year, after defending champion, Sarah Adegoke announced she will take no part in this year’s edition.

Adegoke, a two-time champion at the event, having emerged victorious in 2017 and 2018, said the reasons for her absence are personal and further stated that there are sacrifices she has to make.

“I feel bad, but at the same time, there are some sacrifices I have to make in order to move forward in my career and life,” the double defending champion said. “I’d have loved to defend the title again, but I have to do what I have to do.”

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Currently ranked No.2 on the NTF standings, Adegoke will miss out on the chance to become the first player since Osaro Amadin in 2005 to claim a third consecutive women’s singles title at the CBN Open

Having been one of the best players on the national scene in recent years, Adegoke’s absence now leaves the women’s draw quite open, with the possibility of a new champion emerging or a former winner reclaiming the prestigious title.

The country’s No.1, Blessing Samuel who, earlier this year, expressed a strong desire for a maiden CBN Open title is a strong contender for glory, alongside the No.3 player, Christie Agugbom, who’s seeking a third title at the event, after emerging winner in 2008 and 2014.

Main draw action at the CBN Open serves off on Monday, 24 June at the National Tennis Centre in Abuja.