By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
It was a display of abundant skills and grit as the 2nd edition of Chamberlain Squash Open (CSO) finally came to a close at the Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos at the weekend with Zahed Mohammed of Egypt and England’s Millie Tomlinson emerging champions.
Mohammed, seeded number one in the championship outstroked fellow countryman, Youssef Soliman 3-0 to win the men’s title. While Tomlinson, also seeded number one overwhelmed Egypt’s Menna Hamed 3-0 to lift the women’s top prize and trophy.
In her post match interview, an elated Tomlinson said that the victory did not come easy as she had to dig dip to accomplish it and commended Menna for giving her a good run for the title.
A total of $25,000 was up for grab as prize money in the men’s event, while the women will receive $10,000.
Meanwhile, in his closing remarks, Chamberlain Squash Open (CSO) promoter, Chamberlain Usoh said that the championship which is a Professional Squash Association (PSA) point scoring event has come to stay to help expose Nigerians players.
“It’s my determination to help develop the game of squash in Nigeria, using this championship which offers a lot of opportunity to our players to get more exposure playing against top class players,” he said.
Disappointingly, all the Nigerian players crashed out in the first round, leaving players from Europe and Egypt to dominate the championship.