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ITF world Tennis Tour: Israeli player knocks out Nigeria’s Yakubu, qualifies for semi finals



Israel’s Romi Cohen, on Thursday whipped Ozi-oiza Yakubu of Nigeria 6-0, 7-5 to qualify for the singles semi finals of the ongoing J5 World Tennis Championships in Abuja.

Our correspondent reports that the match was played in the second leg of the ITF Tennis world Tour J5 Abuja, which commenced on Nov. 24 and is expected to end on Nov. 28 at the tennis complex of the Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Cohen told our correspondent that she was very happy about the victory. “My performance was better than the previous week that I played, I worked and fought hard to deserve this victory.”

“Defeating my opponent was a great task. My plan is to win the tournament’s finals,” she said.

“I did a good calculation and I hope to lift the trophy this time around. I will put my best to hit my target.”

Cohen said she would devote time perfecting her tactics for Friday’s semi final match against ether Ohunene Yakubu of Nigeria or Joody Elkady of Egypt in the singles category.

In another female singles category, Ohunene Yakubu beat Rebecca Ekpenyong 6-1, 6-1 to qualify for the semifinals.

In the male singles category round of 16, Lucky Danjuma defeated Marshall Hulett of South Africa 6-3, 6-4, while Mukhtar Andu of Great Britain beat Desmond Ayaaba of Ghana 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

In another match played in the male doubles category, Daniel Crowie and Marshall Hulett, both of South Africa, defeated Nigeria’s duo of Jibril Adamu and Isaac Danjuma 7-5, 6-3 in round of 16.

Emmanuel Jebutu and Chika Nwaozuzu of US flogged Fortune Joseph and Yassine Mahmah of Morocco 6-3, 6-1 in round of 16.

A total of 45 players from Nigeria (host), Canada, US, Israel, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana and South Africa are participating in the championships.

It was reported that the J5 ITF World Tennis Tour, which started on Nov. 24 will end on Sunday, Nov. 28.

Aderonke Ojo

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