Lagos Open Tennis: Young Burundiian Player Cruises To First Leg Final

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu


Newcomer Sada Nahimana from Burundi has had a smooth sail into the final of the women’s singles of the first leg of 2019 Lagos Open Tennis Championship, which is ongoing at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.

Eighteen years old Nahimana defeated Fanny Oslund, a Swedish star, in straight set of 6-3,6-1 in the semi final decided on Sunday.

Nahimana, the right-handed (two-handed backhand) player, will now face Brazilian Laura Pigozzi in Monday’s final.

Pigozzi beat Indian Riya Bhatia in another straight set of 6-2,6-2.Interestingly, the Burundian star, Nahimana is coming to Lagos for the first time and she has shown since her first match of the main draws of the ITF World Tour that she meant business traveling down to Lagos, the Centre of Excellence.

Nahimana is well travelled having played at the junior tournaments of major grand slams. She played to the first round stage of the Australian Open Juinor 2019, and played in the second round of French Open 2019 Junior tournament.

In 2018, she played in the second round of the Wimbledon Open Juinor and first round of US Open Juinor of that year.

Meanwhile, Frenchman Calvin Hemery defeated Zimbabwean Takanyi Garanganga 6-4 6-0 to reach the men’s singles final. Hemery will play Setkic Aldin of Bosnia Herzegovnina  who defeated Pichler David from Bosnia and Herzegovina6-2,5-7,6-3 in another semi final.


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