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Feb 17th, 2006, 07:15 PM


Benin, a city (1991 est. pop. 762,719) in Edo State (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edo_State%2C_Nigeria), southern Nigeria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria), is a port on the Benin River (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Benin_River&action=edit). It is situated 200 miles by road east of Lagos. Benin is the center of Nigeria’s rubber industry, but processing palm nuts (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Palm_nut&action=edit) for oil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_oil) is still an important traditional industry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industry).
Founded around the 10th century (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10th_century), Benin served as the capital of the Kingdom of Benin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Benin), the empire of the Oba of Benin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oba_of_Benin), which flourished from the 14th through the 17th century (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17th_century). No trace remains of the structures admired by European travellers to "the Great Benin." After Benin was visited by the Portuguese about 1485 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1485), historical Benin grew rich during the 16th (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16th_century) and 17th (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17th_century) centuries on the slave trade with Europe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe), carried in Dutch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands) and Portuguese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal) ships, as well as through the export of some tropical products.
The Bight of Benin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bight_of_Benin)'s shore was known as the "Slave Coast (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_Coast)." In the early 16th century the Oba sent an ambassador to Lisbon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisbon), and the King of Portugal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_of_Portugal) sent Christian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian)missionaries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missionaries) to Benin. Some residents of Benin could still speak a pidgin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pidgin) Portuguese in the late 19th century.The city and kingdom of Benin declined after 1700, with the decline in the European slave trade, but revived in the 19th century with the development of the trade in palm products with Europeans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europe). To preserve Benin's independence, bit by bit the Oba banned the export of goods from Benin, until the trade was exclusively in palm oil.In the 'Punitive Expedition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punitive_Expedition)' of 1897, a 1200-strong British force, under the command of Admiral Sir Harry Rawson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Harry_Rawson), conquered and burned the city, destroying much of the country’s treasured art and dispersing nearly all that remained. The "Benin Bronzes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin_Bronzes)": portrait figures, busts, and groups created in iron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron), carved ivory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivory), and especially in brass (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brass) (conventionally called "bronze") made in Benin are displayed in museums (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum) around the world.After the fall of Benin in 1897 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1897), the British (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom) set apart Warri Province, to punish the Oba of Benin and curb his imperial power. The Benin monarchy was restored in 1914 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1914), but true power lay with the colonial administration of Nigeria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria).#

Surface: Hard
Previous Winners:
2003: Sania MIRZA IND d. Franziska ETZEL GER 63 63
2003: Sania MIRZA IND d. Anca ANASTASIU RSA 61 75
2004: Chanelle SCHEEPERS RSA d. Megha VAKHARIA IND 61 63
2004: Chanelle SCHEEPERS RSA d. Susanne AIGNER AUT 61 46 64
2005: Rebecca DANDENIYA GBR d. Diana VRANCEANU GER 46 64 76
2005: Diana VRANCEANU GER d. Carolina MALHEIROS BRA 61 62

(1) Diana VRANCEANU GER vs bye
Renata DIAS BRA d. Chika TERASAWA JAP ret
(7) Hannah EKE NGR d. Beauyty OGHENEKEVWE NGR 60 60
(4) Eleonora IANNOZZI ITA vs bye
Tegan EDWARDS RSA d. Tamsyn BRISCOE RSA 63 60
Nathalia ROSSI BRA d. Nosa ESORAE NGR 60 62
(6) Fatima ABINU NGR vs bye
(8) Jessica WEYREUTHER ARG d. Charlotte BOSSY BEL 61 61
Nungnadda WANNASUK THA d. Catherine GROTZ BEL 62 60
Blessing SAMUEL NGR d. Sarah ANDREW NGR 61 61
(3) Stella MENNA ITA vs bye
(5) Sonal PHADKE IND vs bye
Blessing ANUNA NGR d. Anuli OKAFOR NGR 62 60
Rebeca REVES BRA d. Sabath Omotayo IBRAHIM NGR 62 61
(2) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL vs bye
2nd round
(1) Diana VRANCEANU GER d. Ronke AKINGBADE NGR 60 61
Renata DIAS BRA d. (7) Hannah EKE NGR 60 26 62
Tegan EDWARDS RSA d. (4) Eleonora IANNOZZI ITA ret
Nathalia ROSSI BRA d. (6) Fatima ABINU NGR 61 61
Nungnadda WANNASUK THA d. (8) Jessica WEYREUTHER ARG 60 60
Blessing SAMUEL NGR d. (3) Stella MENNA ITA ret
(5) Sonal PHADKE IND d. Blessing ANUNA NGR 60 62
(2) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL d. Rebeca NEVES BRA 64 64
(1) Diana VRANCEANU GER d. Renata DIAS BRA 62 76
Nathalia ROSSI BRA d. Tegan EDWARDS RSA 63 61
Nungnadda WANNASUK THA d. Blessing SAMUEL NGR 60 61
(2) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL d. (5) Sonal PHADKE IND 76 64
Nathalia ROSSI BRA d. (1) Diana VRANCEANU GER 62 63
Nungnadda WANNASUK THA d. (2) Davinia LOBBINGER BEL 63 67 75
Nungnadda WANNASUK THA d. Nathalia ROSSI BRA 62 61

Feb 17th, 2006, 09:57 PM
Weakest draw I've ever seen :help:

I'm still waiting for a talented nigerian player to show up there, I mean, they certainly do have the chances, with like 3 or 4 tournaments per year.

Feb 18th, 2006, 09:55 AM
Weakest draw I've ever seen :help:It must really be the weakest draw ever! Lobbinger is the 2nd seed and she's ranked 719th :eek: :o

Feb 19th, 2006, 09:17 AM
Good luck Stella and Eleonora :bounce:

Feb 20th, 2006, 03:40 AM
Go! Wannasuk

Feb 20th, 2006, 04:28 AM
Well Benin City is far away for many players to travel to, so I didn't expect a good draw.

Feb 21st, 2006, 08:18 AM
I find one article about this tournament...

Rebeca Neves(BRA) def Omotayo Ibrahim(NIG) 6/2 6/1 :D :baby:
Hannah Eke(NIG) def Beauty Oghenekevwe(NIG) 6/0 6/0

Emiel Goelen
Feb 21st, 2006, 12:30 PM
Thanks for the article :)

Anyone with more info? Like, a draw... ? :confused:

Feb 21st, 2006, 02:41 PM
Beauty :sad:

Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:05 PM
Singles Main Draw-1st Round

(1)Diana Vranceanu (GER) v BYE
Ronke Akingbade (NGR) d. Olusola Gbadamosi (NGR) 62 64

Renata Dias (BRA) d. Chiha Terasawa (JPN) W/O
(7)Hannah Eke (NGR) d. Beaty Oghenekevwe (NGR) 60 60

(4)Eleonora Iannozzi (ITA) v BYE
Tegan Edwards (RSA) d. Tamsyn Briscoe (RSA) 63 60

Nathalia Rossi (BRA) d. Nosa Esorae (NGR) 60 62
(6)Fatimah Abinu (NGR) v BYE

(8)Jessica Weyreuter(ARG) d. Charlotte Bossy(BEL) 61 61
Nungnadda Wannasuk(THA) d. Catherine Grotz(BEL) 62 60

Blessing Samuel (NGR) d. Sarah Andrew (NGR) 61 61
(3)Stella Menna (ITA) v BYE

(5)Sonal Phadke (IND) v BYE
Blessing Anuna (NGR) d. Anuli Okafor (NGR) 62 60

Rebeca Neves (BRA) d. Sabath Ibrahim (NGR) 62 61
(2)Davinia Lobbinger (BEL) v BYE

Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:07 PM
2nd Round

Tegan Edwards d. (4)Eleonora Iannozzi W/O
Blessing Samuel d. (3)Stella Menna W/O

*Probably No Show*

Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:08 PM
most likley the msulim/christ riot the last days wasn´t good for the strenght of this tournament

Feb 22nd, 2006, 12:10 PM
Doubles Draw-1st Round

(1)Lobbinger/Vranceanu v BYE
Briscoe/Edwards d. Bossy/Grotz 62 62

(3)Abinu/Ibrahim v BYE
Neves/Samuel d. Anuna/Oghenekevwe 60 62

Dias/Rossi d. Akingbade/Gbadamosi 60 60
Andrew/Okafor v BYE

Eke/Esorae v BYE
(2)Phadke/Weyreuter v BYE

Feb 22nd, 2006, 02:40 PM
2nd Round
Nungnadda Wannasuk(THA) def. (8)Jessica Weyreuter(ARG) 6-0, 6-0

keep going!!!!

Rising Sun
Feb 22nd, 2006, 04:39 PM
:tape: @ those byes. :lol:

Go Sonal & Jip! :hearts:

Feb 22nd, 2006, 05:05 PM
:lol: @draw
go Jessica W ;)

Feb 22nd, 2006, 09:14 PM
Go Nungnadda and Sonal!

Feb 23rd, 2006, 01:06 AM
:lol: @draw
go Jessica W ;)

Hey Eggy, have you seen Jessica play? Strange girl, always playing here in Nigeria, hardly winning any matches. Seems like a rich girl to me.

Feb 23rd, 2006, 09:49 AM
Good Luck to:

Diana Vranceanu

Feb 23rd, 2006, 02:39 PM
QF Round
Nungnadda Wannasuk(THA) def. Blessing Samuel (NGR) 6-1, 6-0 :yeah:

SF Round
(2)Davinia Lobbinger (BEL) vs Nungnadda Wannasuk(THA)

Rising Sun
Feb 23rd, 2006, 05:51 PM
Jip :yeah:

Darn, it means that Sonal didn't make it through... :sad:

Feb 23rd, 2006, 07:10 PM
Second Round

(1)Diana Vranceanu (GER) d. Ronke Akingbade (NGR) 60 61
Renata Dias (BRA) d. (7)Hannah Eke (NGR) 60 26 62
Tegan Edwards (RSA) d. (4)Eleonora Iannozzi (ITA) w/o
Nathalia Rossi (BRA) d. (6)Fatimah Abinu (NGR) 61 61

Nungnadda Wannasuk(THA) d. (8)Jessica Weyreuter(ARG) 60 60
Blessing Samuel (NGR) d. (3)Stella Menna (ITA) w/o
(5)Sonal Phadke (IND) d. Blessing Anuna (NGR) 60 62
(2)Davinia Lobbinger (BEL) d. Rebeca Neves (BRA) 64 64

Feb 23rd, 2006, 07:12 PM
Doubles Quarterfinals

(1)Lobbinger/Vranceanu d. Briscoe/Edwards 46 63 63
Neves/Samuel d. (3)Abinu/Ibrahim 61 63
Dias/Rossi d. Andrew/Okafor 61 60
(2)Phadke/Weyreuter d. Eke/Esorae 60 61

Feb 23rd, 2006, 07:13 PM
Dianna :)

Feb 24th, 2006, 12:47 AM
Diana always knows where to play :tape:

Feb 24th, 2006, 01:31 AM
Lol yes Diana's scheduling is very very good

Feb 24th, 2006, 02:07 AM
According this article...http://www.worldpress.org/link.cfm?http://www.vanguardngr.com/
SF singles:
1 Diana Vranceanu(GER) vs Nathalia Rossi(BRA)
2 Davinia Lobbinger (BEL) vs Nungnadda Wannasuk(THA)

Top seeds take care!!!Nathalia is a very good junior player, especially in hard courts, and Wannasuk seems like in great shape!!!

Feb 24th, 2006, 11:45 AM
Diana ;) Take the title

Feb 24th, 2006, 11:49 AM

(1)Diana Vranceanu d. Renata Dias 62 76(1)
Nathalia Rossi d. Tegan Edwards 63 61
Nungnadda Wannasuk d. Blessing Samuel 60 61
(2)Davinia Lobbinger d. (5)Sonal Phadke 76(6) 64

Feb 24th, 2006, 01:22 PM
Nathalia ROSSI (BRA) d. 1-VRANCEANU, Diana (GER)
Nungnadda WANNASUK (THA) d. 2- LOBBINGER, Davinia (BEL) 6-3,6-7(8),7-5

Nungnadda WANNASUK (THA) vs Nathalia ROSSI (BRA)

Feb 24th, 2006, 01:49 PM
Good luck Nungnadda :bounce:

Feb 24th, 2006, 05:04 PM
Nathalia...take the title girl!!!! :baby: :baby: :rocker:

Feb 24th, 2006, 05:18 PM
Go! Nungnadda

Feb 24th, 2006, 05:24 PM
Diana :(

Feb 24th, 2006, 07:20 PM
Nathalia ROSSI (BRA) d. 1-VRANCEANU, Diana (GER) 6/2 6/3 ;) :kiss: :wavey:
Nungnadda WANNASUK (THA) d. 2- LOBBINGER, Davinia (BEL) 6-3,6-7(8),7-5

Nungnadda WANNASUK (THA) vs Nathalia ROSSI (BRA)

This tournament is just the 6th profesional tournament that Nathalia´s playing.

Feb 25th, 2006, 04:02 PM
Nungnadda WANNASUK (THA) d. Nathalia ROSSI (BRA) 6-2,6-1

Feb 25th, 2006, 05:45 PM
:yeah: Jib!!!!!! goodluck in your next tour

Feb 25th, 2006, 08:55 PM
Diana :haha: :tape:

Congrats to Nungnadda

Feb 26th, 2006, 03:23 AM
I found this article on the tournament:

The Nigerian media is VERY tough on its tennis players! :o

Nigerian players turn spectators at Ogbe Hard Court tennisBy John Egbokhan
Posted to the Web: Thursday, February 23, 2006

Benin —All but one Nigerian player, Abdulmumuni Babalola have been turned to mere spectators in the singles draw of the Guinness/Ogbe Hard Court Futures 1 holding here. A day after the country’s foremost tennis player, Jonathan Igbinovia, was unceremoniously dumped out of the $15 000 ITF Circuit, eight other Nigerian players were shown the way out of the tournament, rasing serious questions about the state of the game in the country and even more importantly, the seriousness of the players towards the game that is exposing their shortfalls.

The roll call of Nigerian casualties in the second round of the Ogbe Futures, makes for grim reading.
In the men’s draw Sunday Maku, once touted as the number one player in the country was sent to the shower room by Nick Monroe from USA in quick sets of 6-0, 6-2; Valentin Sanon of Ivory Coast beat Nigerian Candy Idoko in two sets of 6-2, 6-0; Terkaa Nambe of Nigeria lost in two sets of 1-6, 3-6 to Motaz Abou-El Khair while Toyin Dairo lost in two sets of 1-6, 4-6 to compatriot Abdulmumuni Babalola, who is the only surviving player that is left standing at the tournament, in the singles draw.

In the ladies draw, just when it seemed that some of our ladies were going to do something about their ever dwindling game, they look out back to the painful and wasted years by crashing like a pack of cards to opponents, who on the tennis scale, are considered upstarts.

But the upstarts, who are just starting their forays into professional tennis, wasted little time and energy in dismantling the feeble resistances that our ladies offered.
Save for Hannah Eke, winner of the Maritime Open in Enugu, all the three other Nigerian ladies, played what many considered kindergarten tennis to the dismay of the watching crowd here.

Eke might have lost her second round match to Brazilian Reneta Dias 6-2, 0-6, 6-2 but she managed to take a set of her unranked player. Unlike the likes of Blessing Anuna who lost in quick sets of 2-6, 0-6 to Sonal Phadke of India, Fatimah Abinu, who went down in two sets of 1-6, 1-6 to another Brazilian Nathalia Rossi, Eke did put in a fight but just failed to do the right things at the right time.

Eke made so many unforced errors, could not hit the winners and was generally lazy during rallies.
Ronke Akingbade also tried but failed to contain top seed, Diana Vranceanu from Germany, who stormed into the quarterfinal in two sets of 6-2, 6-4.
But the Nigerian interest is still in place here as Babalola plays top seed, Frederico Gil of Portugal in a quarterfinal pairing that promises to be explosive.
Babalola, with a miserable ranking of 827, is playing against Gil, ranked 270, and who is coming on the back of a master-stroke eclipse of returnee Sunday Jegede in the first round, on Monday.

Which ever direction the match pans, one thing is sure to happen and that is that fans are in for a treat even as they hope that the Nigerian interest here keeps rolling. Only Babalola can make that happen or else, we would be left counting the cost of our participation at the Ogbe Futures 1.

Feb 26th, 2006, 03:24 AM
Babalola, Nigeria’s last hope crashesBy John Egbokhan
Posted to the Web: Friday, February 24, 2006

Benin — Abdulmumuni Babalola’s solo run at the Guinness/Ogbe Hard Court Futures 1 hit a dead end, yesterday, when he lost to top seed Frederico Gill of Portugal in three sets of 4-6, 6-2, 0-6. Babalola, the lone surviving Nigerian player in the men’s draw, was in the line of fire against Gill, who was responsible for the ouster of returnee, Sunday Jegede in the first round, last Monday.

The Portuguese player, with a world ranking of 270, started the match as the favourite but found in Babalola, a hard nut to crack in the opening set. It took a combination of successive double faults for Gill to get the break of serve in the ninth game and he held serve to take the set 6-4.
Buoyed up by the handful of fans that crammed the stands of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Babalola bounced back in style in the second set, breaking Gill twice to romp to a 6-2 win.

At that point, many thought the Nigerian would keep the momentum going in the decider but as it has become a tradition with our players, Babalola suddenly lost focus, losing all his service games and allowing Gill, who was dazed by his foe’s explosive form in the second set, to take the decider 6-0.
Babalola, in his post match comments, admitted to Sports Vanguard that loss of concentration in the decider caused his ouster. “I lost concentration and paid dearly for it against a player that is quite good and careful”, said the wild card entrant with a singles ranking of 823.

He expressed sadness over his loss on the Court Two of the Ogbe Stadium.
“I am quite sad and mad at myself because I really tried to get into the next round”, he said.
Gill is now poised to face American Nick Monroe in today’s semi-final round of matches. Monroe, who is the third seed, with a world ranking of 492, outlasted Egypt’s Motaz Abou-El Khair in three sets of 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

In the other semi-final match, Ivorian Valentin Sanon plays his good friend from Togo, Komlavi Loglo.
In the ladies singles semi-final matches, top seed of the tournament,. Germany’s Diana Vranceanu plays Brazil’s Nathalia Rossi while second seed, Davina Lobbinger battles Thailand’s Nungnadda Wannasuk for a place in the final that holds on Saturday.


Feb 26th, 2006, 03:26 AM
I have never seen such a weak MAIN DRAW in my life!

Rising Sun
Feb 26th, 2006, 04:05 AM
Well done Jib!!! :D

Feb 26th, 2006, 04:41 AM
Wow, those articles are HARSH :eek:

I wonder how hard these girls train. Its about time we get to have a nigerian wiz-kid, isnt't it?

Feb 26th, 2006, 11:44 AM
Nathalia :(

Feb 26th, 2006, 01:56 PM
Nungnadda :clap2: :clap2:

Feb 27th, 2006, 02:28 PM
Well, those articles are hard, and instead of bashing the players, they should consider the fact that maybe they're not receiving support from the federation at all...