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Agugbom, Quadre to clash in CBN Tennis Open women’s final



Two-times champion Christie Agugbom on Friday defeated Aanu Aiyegbusi in the semi-finals of the ongoing CBN Senior Tennis Open Championship to set up a final clash with teen sensation Oyinlomo Quadre.

The 37-year-old Agugbom proved too powerful for Aiyegbusi and showed no sign of slowing down as she won 7-5 6-1 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Agugbom has now reached her second consecutive CBN Open final.

Aiyegbusi started well and seemed destined to take the first set, but veteran Agugbom did just enough to win the decisive break in the 10th game.

The second set was more straight-forward, however, as Agugbom broke twice to power to victory.

She will now clash with 16-year-old Quadre, who saw off Blessing Anuna 6-0 6-0 in the other semi-final game.

Quadre has so far been nothing short of impressive in the tournament and Agugbom will certainly be weary of her consistency and form.

Speaking with NAN on her chances against her more experienced opponent, Quadre said she was mentally ready for the final battle.

“I know the final will be different from the semi-final game. Yes, I played well in the semi-final but the final is going to be more challenging.

“I will go into it with the same mentality with which I have played every game in this tournament so far.

“My strategy is the same. I will fight and have the same winning mentality,” she said.

NAN reports that the 2019 CBN Senior Tennis Open will end on Saturday.

(Edited by Dorcas Jonah and Olawale Alabi)

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