Lekan Adewoye Open: Adegoke, Enimakure Advance to final, as Olatunji sisters clash
Onaopemipo Adegoke, Idowu Enimakure, Yemisi Olatunji and Busayo Olatunji have safely navigated their way through to the finals of Lekan Adewoye National Squash Open.
The tournament which is in its first year opened on Wednesday at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere Lagos with a total prize money of $1,000 and $500 earmarked for the men and women category.
In the first semi-final Adegoke started quick off the blocks, putting a lot of pressure on Sodiq Taiwo, who was unruffled by the quick and unrelenting squash of his much younger opponent.
The 19-year-old player, who had an easy 3-1 quarter-final win against Ismail Abubakar however needed five games to win his clash with Sodiq.
The former junior champion won the first 12-10, Sodiq however took the momentum in the second winning it 9-11.
Adegoke then won the third convincingly 11-2. Sodiq came back very strong in the fourth and showed Adegoke what it feels like to be on the receiving end of many rallies, tying the match after an 11-8 win.
The fifth and final game saw Adegoke close the match 11-4 to set up a clash with Idowu Enimakure in the final.
Enimakure came back from one set down to knock out Lanre Abdulrahman and book his place in the final.
Abdulrahman clinch the first set 11-4 but Enimakure turned it around in the subsequent games, sealing the second, third and fourth set 11-9, 11-4, 11-9 respectively.
Result – Men’s Semi-Final:
Onaopemipo Adegoke beat Sodiq Taiwo 12-10, 9-11, 11-2,8-11, 11-4
Idowu Enimakure beat Lanre Abdulrahman 4-11, 11-9,11-4,11-9.
Meanwhile,in the women semi-finals, top seed Yemisi Olatunji set up a showdown with sister Busayo after coming through an entertaining three-set battle with Rofiat Abdulazeez.
The tournament favourite had taken the first game relatively easy, only allowing Rofiat to score five points, but the second was very different, with the Kwara based player fighting back.
The second game went to a tie-break, before Yemisi eventually succeeded in it 17-15.
The third game was also not easy as it sounds though, as Rofiat, who knocked out Udeme James in the quarter-final, got into her rhythm early.
The 20-year-old, who match her opponent point for point, skill for skill however lack the experience to defeat Yemisi.
Yemisi would go on to secure her place in the final of the event after winning the decider 11-9.
In the second semi-final, Busayo beat Ebifemi Taiwo 3-1 to advance to the final.
Busayo who had roll coaster games leading to the final continued her impressive display as she took the first and second games 11-7, 11-3 respectively.
Taiwo showcased her fighting spirit in the third game as she put some serious works into the legs of Busayo to win it 11-6.
However, Busayo regained control in the fourth game, setting the tempo early on, a lead that she would not give away as she booked her place in the final with 11-6 victory.
Result – Women’s Semi-Final:
Yemisi Olatunji beat Rofiat Abdulazeez 11-5, 17-15, 11-9
Busayo Olatunji beat Ebifemi Taiwo 11-7, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6
The tournament ends on Saturday, 14th of September, 2019.