Quarter-final action takes centre stage at the Lagos Open on Friday, with virtually all the top guns in the fray.
In the men’s field, No. 1 seed, Skander Mansouri goes head-to-head with 7th seed, Takanyi Garanganga. Garanganga, a 9-time ITF Tour winner, finished as a finalist here in 2015 and certainly harbours hopes of going one better this year. However, Mansouri will prove to be his toughest test yet. The Tunisian, like Garanganga, hasn’t dropped a set so far, and will be looking to keep alive his hopes for a 5th title this year.
On Court 1, second seed, Aziz Dougaz squares off against 2015 champion, Aldin Setkic. Setkic, 31, has moved through the draw rather quietly, beating Tristan Meraut of France and India’s Yash Chaurasia by the same scoreline- 6-3, 6-1 that is. The Bosnian is hoping to clinch his first title since 2017. Can Dougaz derail his title bid?
Dougaz has had a fine year, making deep runs in tournaments, particularly in his home country, Tunisia, where he picked up a title 5 months ago. He will be looking to get his hands on another, surely? The 22-year-old showed great resolve in the second round as he rallied from a set down to beat France’s Thomas Setodji in three sets and only now needs to build on that.
In the women’s field, 2nd seed, Sandra Samir and 5th seed, Riya Bhatia open play on Centre Court. Samir has been in very rich form recently, winning 19 of her last 22 matches on Tour. The 387th-ranked Egyptian has dropped only 5 games so far this week and will look to maintain that momentum. Bhatia, meanwhile, is on the back of a come-from-behind 3-set victory over Oyinlomo Quadre. Can she do well to halt Samir’s run?
In other notable match-ups, Africa’s top junior, Sada Nahimana of Burundi plays Dutchwoman Lexie Stevens, while David Pichler, the 4th seed in the men’s field, meets No. 8 seed Aryan Goveas of India.
Play gets underway from 10:00am at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club on Friday.