Venus Williams, Muguruza win on day of upsets

It was an opening day of major upsets but Garbine Muguruza, Venus Williams and Alexander Zverev sailed through to the second round of the 2017 U.S Open. Second seed, Simona Halep was sent out by Maria Sharapova, while Britain’s Johanna Konta fell in three sets to Aleksandra Krunic of Slovakia. Muguruza opened proceedings in the […]

Different tales in two tournaments

The four Grandslams of lawn tennis are a two-week carnival parading female and male tennis players in separate events. In the final countdown to this year’s show, there are varying tales. The persisting quest for new blood to be injected into the tours is predicated on concern that the parade of the same top players […]

Where athletics dim, table tennis lights the way

PHOTO: ACLSports In a week when Nigeria failed to win any medal at the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, England, there was another sports event that showed great promise. The Seamaster ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open 2017 left one with no doubt that an otherwise small sport could create such a spectacle in an environment […]

Again, Egypt dominates ITTF Nigerian Open

Second seeded Egyptian, Omar Assar and compatriot, Dina Meshref yesterday emerged winners in the men and women’s singles of the fourth International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge, tagged Nigeria Open held at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere. At yesterday’s finals that had Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State in attendance, Assar […]

European players top list of entries for ITTF Nigeria Open

Nigeria Open’ women’s singles defending champion, Portugal’s Shao Jieni is expected in Lagos… next month. Players from European countries are dominating the list of entries for this year’s ITTF Challenge Nigeria Open, even as the tournament has set a new record of the largest turnout of countries listed for the event. Over 22 countries, including […]