Nigeria’s number one, Sylvester Emmanuel, evaded what seemed a looming upset by retiring against seventh seed Musa Mohammed in the 2020 CBN Senior Open Tennis Tournament’s quarter-finals on Thursday.
The game was hugely contested and lively as several spectators rallied behind Mohammed against the defending champion.
Mohammed had lost the first set 6-7(4) but he went on to claim the second set 6-1.
The seventh seed was then leading 4-2 in the decider, with the spectators already looking forward to an upset which was relatively obvious at that point.
Emmanuel, however, retired minutes later to give Mohammed a place in the semi-finals against number eight seed Nonso Madueke.
No word came from both the competition officials and Emmanuel’s camp on why he retired from the match.
After the match, Mohammed said his mindset paved way for his victory. “I am very happy about the outcome of the game. I played well and worked hard. My mindset also helped me as well. I was positive and was convinced I would be better off than my opponent today,” Mohammed said.
About his next match against Madueke, Mohammed said he was expecting a tough match and would do his best to carry the day. (NAN)
– Nov. 13, 2020 @ 9:59 GMT |