By John Egbokhan
Eight tennis players will today be competing for four semifinal places in the singles event at the 3rd Wheelchair Championship holding at the National Stadium, Lagos.
First to hit the court this morning will be Olu Dawodu, who faces Vivian Ozurumba in a match that observers have dubbed â€˜the final before the finalâ€™, given the high quality play so far shown by both players since the tournament served off Monday.
Also billed to compete for a place in the penultimate stage of the competition, is Justina Ofoha, who squares up against tough-talking Nwaozuzu Chitoru, in one game that has already seen the latter, claiming that he would waste no time in romping into the next round.
â€œI have worked so hard to get this far and I am not about to bow out because the final is my target and from there, I see myself winningâ€, said Chitoru, who defeated Blessing Anaeto 6-2, 6-1, in the quarterfinal stage.
His foe, Ofoha, however, is maintaining a clam posture ahead the match-up, insisting that the court would determine who would laugh last at the end of the game.
â€œIt is not enough to talk tough like my opponent is doing. I want to allow my game to talk tough for me on the courtâ€, said Ofoha, who beat Florence Okehie in straight sets of 6-1, 6-3, to get this far.