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Ovtcharov and Akula win singles titles at WTT Contender Lagos

Ovtcharov and Akula win singles titles at WTT Contender Lagos
Ovtcharov and Akula win singles titles at WTT Contender Lagos

 


German tennis star Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Indian player Sreeja Akula on Sunday won the 2024 WTT Contender Lagos men's and women's singles titles respectively at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Champions were crowned in the women's singles, men's singles, women's doubles and men's doubles categories at the tournament held in Nigeria's economic hub.

In women's singles, Akula and Ding Yijie of China faced off in their first final singles appearance in the WTT series.

Akula, with two WTT feeder series titles to her name, and Ding, a rising star with four WTT youth series titles, battled fiercely for the championship title.

Akula's remarkable journey to the final saw her save three match points in the semi-finals, demonstrating her resilience and determination.

Ding, making her WTT Series debut, wanted to become the lowest-ranked player to win a women's singles title in the WTT Series.

However, Akula won the encounter 4-1 (10-12, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8, 11-6), adding another trophy to her growing legacy after claiming the women's doubles.

The men's singles final featured an all-German clash between Ovtcharov and Ricardo Walther.

Ovtcharov, a seasoned competitor and 2023 finalist, was determined to claim his first WTT singles title since 2021.

Walther

Although Walther tried to make his mark with a win in his first appearance at WTT Contender Lagos, Ovtcharov triumphed over him 4-1 (11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6), the securing his second singles title in the WTT series.

In the women's doubles final, Akula and another Indian player Archana Girish Kamath took on compatriots Yashaswini Ghorpade and Diya Parag Chitale. Both pairs showed exceptional teamwork and skill, but it was Akula and Kamath who clinched the title with a 3-0 victory (11-9, 11-6, 12-10) in their first international final together.

The men's doubles final between Nigerian duo Azeez Solanke and Olajide Omotayo and Indian duo Harmeet Desai and Manav Vikash Thakkar was intense. Solanke and Omotayo, playing together for the second time at an international event, faced experienced duo Desai and Thakkar, who have been playing together since 2016.

Desai and Thakkar came out on top with a 3-0 win (11-8, 11-9, 11-8), marking their first men's doubles title as a duo.

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