Hemery, Bhatia Win 2019 Lagos Open Tennis
22 October 2019 Sport
The 2019 Lagos Open Tennis Championship ended yesterday with France-born Nigerian player, Calvin Hemery and Indian Riya Bhatia emerging winners in the men and women’s singles respectively.
The finals, which was shifted 24 hours because of heavy downpour in Lagos metropolis on Sunday, was the climax of the second leg of the ITF World Tennis Tour at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Interestingly, his opponent in Monday’s final was the same Bosnia Herzegovina opponent Aldin Setkic, who he defeated in the first leg.
The final was an easy one for Hemery as Setkic retired when the game result was 4-2.
To Hemery, whose father is from Edo State, winning the ITF World Tour was a thing of joy, adding that he felt elated with the support he received from Nigerian fans, which he described as one of the rallying forces that propelled him to the victory.
The women’s singles final was a tough match for the winner, Indian Riya Bhatia, who was stretched in the three sets thriller by the opponent from Slovenia, Nastja Kolar to win 7-5,1-6,6-3 while taking home $50,000 Bhatia described her opponent as a good player, adding that it required determination to win the match.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwolu-Olu was represented by Dr. Kweku Tandoh, the Executive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission and the Director General, Mr. Oluwatoyin Gafar who presented the trophies to the winners.