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WTT Contender Lagos: Top Seeds Dominate, Bello Upsets Edem in Women’s Singles

Boom RadioNG | June 21, 2024

The 2024 WTT Contender Lagos witnessed a display of dominance from top-seeded players as they cruised through the first round of the singles event. Fans at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall were treated to thrilling matches and impressive displays of skill.

Top Seeds Flex Their Muscle

Men’s singles saw top seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov of Germany live up to his ranking. He faced a spirited challenge from South Korea’s Kim Minwoo but ultimately emerged victorious with a convincing 3-0 win (12-10, 11-3, 11-6). Indian legend Sharath Achanta also didn’t disappoint, defeating Ghana’s Godwin Alabi 3-0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-7) to advance to the second round.

Rilwan AKANBI (R) Asiaju BISOLA (L)

Rilwan AKANBI (R) Asiaju BISOLA (L)

Defending Champion Retains Title Bid

In the women’s singles, reigning champion Shin Yubin showcased her mastery, sweeping aside Indian player Archana Kamath 3-0 (15-13, 11-7, 11-4). Following suit, other Indian female players like Manika Batra secured their spots in the next round with dominant performances.

EDEM Offiong

Upset Alert: Bello Stuns Edem in Nigerian Clash

A thrilling upset unfolded in the women’s singles as the younger Nigerian player Fatimo Bello defeated higher-ranked compatriot Offiong Edem in a nail-biting five-setter (11-6, 11-13, 9-11, 11-9, 11-5). “It’s amazing to be playing in Lagos,” said an ecstatic Bello. “This win is a great start for me. I’m determined to keep pushing myself and play my best. Beating Edem, a senior player I respect, gives me confidence for the next round.”

Matthew NATUS

Chinese Players Advance, Excitement Builds

The Chinese duo of Yijie Ding and Zixuan Yao also displayed their prowess, progressing to the next stage of the competition. With these strong performances and more exciting match-ups on the horizon, the WTT Contender Lagos promises to be a thrilling tournament for table tennis fans!

Written by Boom RadioNG

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