Onaopemipo overcomes French foe at Lagos classics

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Nigeria’s second-ranked squash player, Adegoke Onaopemipo, began his campaign at the ongoing Lagos Squash Classics with a resounding win over Brice Nicola at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Tuesday, reports.

Onaopemipo outclassed Frenchman Nicolas in three straight sets in the opening round of the tourney. The 23-year-old won 11-5,11-5 and 11-7.

“It’s a good start and I want to maintain this win for as far as I can go at the tournament,” Onaopemipo told The PUNCH.

“The tournament is an opportunity to test myself with some of the best players in the world, who are here.”

Other Nigerians who also advanced to the second round are Abel Shedrack, who edged Jan Wipperfurth from Germany 3-1 (8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5), while Femi Shedara lost 3-1 (11-13,4-11, 12-10) to countryman Kehinde Temitope.

Gabriel Olufunmilayo also sealed his second-round spot with a 3-0 win (11-6,11-1, 11-2) over Faruq Suliamon.

Manu Paquemar, a French journalist, who lost in the first round, blamed the humid Lagos weather and his inability to train at the glass court prior to his game, for his 3-0 defeat to 19-year-old Seif Tamer from Egypt.


Tamer won the encounter 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 to book a place in the second round.

“It was not the best of games from me,” Paquemar told The PUNCH.

“I was unlucky, he’s not that better. The weather here and the fact that I could not train before my game affected me a lot.”

For, Tamer who is the fifth-best player in Egypt, it was a great feeling for him winning his first-ever squash game outside the shores of Egypt.

“It is a good experience for me to win my first game outside Egypt. I played through the middle and made him do the running throughout the game. I hope to continue that in my next game and hopefully win this event. I’m looking forward to the draws of the next round.”