Mugabe loses Dayak Tennis opener to Nigeria’s Balami

Ugandan tennis ace Duncan Mugabe was at the losing end again, as he succumbed to another upset at the hands of Nigeria’s Umaru Balami in the Dayak Tennis Championship in Abuja.

Mugabe lost 7-5, 7-6 as the main draw of the first leg got underway at the at the National Tennis Centre, Package B, National Stadium.

He came off misery from being knocked out of the Tombim Abuja Open after losing a battle of to seventh seed, Karim-Mohamed Maamoun of Egypt, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

Balami was less fancied to win the first round clash and indeed struggled in the opening set. He however came back stronger to edge Mugabe.

“I’m happy to win because my starting was very poor. I came into the game knowing that if I play well I can beat him,” said the Nigerian.

“The belief together with the support I got from my friends helped me a lot.”

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