uarterfinal places again proved a hurdle too far for Nigerians at the Dayak Tennis Championship on Wednesday with the nation’s trio of Albert Bikom, Mohammed Mohammed and Joseph Ubon crashing out of the ITF Pro Circuit tournament holding in Abuja.

Bikom, a surprise first round conqueror of South Africa’s Mark Van Wyk, was sent packing 6-1, 6-0 by third seed, Nicolas Meister of the USA. Mohammed, who defeated compatriot Henry Atseye in his previous tie also fell 6-1, 6-0 to Egypt’s Karim Mohamed Maamoun, the sixth seed. Ubon followed the footsteps of his countrymen losing 6-0, 6-4 to Takanyi Garaganga of Zimbabwe in the last singles match of the day.

In other second round matches, top seed, David Perez Sanz of Spain advanced at the expense of American Zack McCourt 6-4, 7-6 while second seed, Mohamed Safwat endured a torrid afternoon before scaling the test of American Hunter Reese 4-6, 6-4, 7-5

Serbian Ilija Vucic could not match his performance of last week where he reached the final as he bowed 6-3, 6-4 to fourth-seeded Tucker Vorster of South Africa.


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