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Dayak Tennis Championship: Nigeria’s Balami upsets Ugandan Mugabe

Posted: May 3, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Nigeria’s Umaru Balami upsets Duncan Mugabe of Uganda 7-5, 7-6 as the main draw of the first leg of the Dayak Tennis Championship served off on Monday at the National Tennis Centre, Package B, National Stadium, Abuja.

Balami ranked 1983 in the world, rallied from 4-1 in the first set to beat Mugabe ranked 1036 7-5.

Mugabe was at the verge of taking the second set leading 6-5 but Balami took his serve  leveling  score 6-6 to force a tie-break which he won 7-4.

Balami will play seventh-seeded Mohamed-Karim Maamoun of Egypt, a 7-6, 6-3 conqueror of Russian Yan Sabanin.

Balami’s win proved to be a reprieve for Nigeria following the exits of Joseph Umeh and Christopher Edwards in the early matches played in the ITF Pro Circuit tournament.

Umeh, the world no 2070, is one of the four wild card entrants from Nigeria but was no match for Dutchman Antal van Der Duim as he succumbed 6-3, 6-2 to the world no 355 fourth seed, while Edward  bowed to Adrian Andrzejczuk of Poland 6-4, 6-4.

In some other first round matches played on Monday, eight-seeded Alexander Igoshin of Russia defeated Issam Taweel of Egypt 6-4, 6-2, while David Pel of the Netherlands triumphed 6-1, 6-3 over Franco Feitt of Argentina.

Eight more first round matches are scheduled for Tuesday with three Nigerians listed for action.

Moses Michael, Nigeria’s highest ranked player in the ATP (1204) keeps a date with Indian qualifier, Anvit Bendre just as Sylvester Emmanuel the world no 1541 confronts American no 5 seed Nicolas Meister.

Nigeria Tennis Federation no 1 ranked Thomas Otu faces a Herculean task when he plays Mohamed Safwat of Egypt, the second-seeded world no 270, who clinched the Tombim title last Saturday.