by Wade Townsend
First match nerves?
The Women’s Singles event gets underway on day two of the main event. There will be a continental battle as host nation’s Olufunke Oshionaike takes on Ghana’s Celia Baah-Danso. It will be Oshionaike’s first match, after yesterday’s doubles default, so expect some nerves from Nigeria’s number one. But support from the crowd should see her over the line.
With the first round behind them, the men are looking to fully sink their teeth in to the event on day two. Quadri Aruna will be expecting to progress to the day’s latter stages as he takes on Nigerian compatriot Kazeem Nasiru. Meanwhile, Scottish legend Gavin Rumgay and Russia’s Andrey Bukin should provide one of the most entertaining matches of the day.
Defending the continent
Finals of the Under 21 Men’s and Women’s Singles will be played today with Egypt’s Youssef Abdel-Aziz looking to keep at least one of the titles in Africa. He will face Portugal’s Jose Pedro Francisco in the final of the Men’s Singles after the top seeds all fell. In the Under 21 Women’s Singles final Hungarian Bernadette Balint will take on Italy’s Giorgia Piccolin after the No.1 and No.2 seeds both safely navigated their way through the draw. Balint will be hoping that the event continues to follow the script.
Last pair standing
Nigeria has one remaining pair in the doubles events. Cecilia Akpan and Janet Effiom are in to the semi-final of the Women’s Doubles and will be taking on Egyptian duo Yousra Helmy and Dina Meshref. The visitors will be favourites but in Lagos anything could happen. In the Men’s Doubles international representation is strong, with France, Egypt, Romania and India all still in with a chance for the title.
Matches get underway at 9:ooam local time.