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Lagos International Classic 2023

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$12,000 (m) $6000 (w) Lagos International Classic 2023, Teslim Balogun Stadium, , PSA Challenger Tour 10
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 Lagos International Classic 2023
Men's Draw
09-13
May Lagos, Nigeria, $12k

Final:
[1] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt [3] Martin Svec (CZE) 11-3, 11-7, 11-2 (24m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt [4] Perry Malik (ENG) 14-12, 5-11, 11-6, 11-5 (35m)
[3] Martin Svec (CZE) bt [2] Mazen Gamal (EGY) 4-11, 13-11, 11-7, 11-5 (49m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt [WC] Adegoke Onaopemipo (NGR) 11-6, 14-16, 4-11, 11-7, 11-7 (65m)
[4] Perry Malik (ENG) bt [9/16] Kehinde Samuel Temitope (NGR) 11-9, 11-6, 4-11, 11-3
[3] Martin Svec (CZE) bt Seif Tamer (EGY) 6-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-8 (35m)
[2] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt [8] Laouenan LoaŽc (FRA) 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (34m)

2nd round:
[1] Curtis Malik (ENG) bt [9/16] Yusuf Elsherif (EGY) 11-9, 11-3, 13-11 (37m)
[WC] Adegoke Onaopemipo (NGR) bt [6] Ziad Ibrahim (EGY) 16-14, 5-11, 5-11, 11-7, 11-8 (75m)
[9/16] Kehinde Samuel Temitope (NGR) bt [7] Laszlo Godde (FRA) 11-6, 11-7, 13-11 (41m)
[4] Perry Malik (ENG) bt Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 5-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (35m)
[3] Martin Svec (CZE) bt [WC] Abel Shedrack (NGR) 11-4, 11-2, 11-5 (25m)
Seif Tamer (EGY) bt [5] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) 11-3, 10-12, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9 (60m)
[8] Laouenan LoaŽc (FRA) bt [9/16] Aaron Allpress (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (32m)
[2] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bt [9/16] Gabriel Olufunmilayo (NGR) 11-3, 11-5, 11-9 (40m)

1st round:
[1] Curtis Malik (ENG) bye
[9/16] Yusuf Elsherif (EGY) bt [WC] Ayomide Oladipupo Michael (NGR) 11-6, 13-11, 6-11, 11-4 (47m)
[WC] Adegoke Onaopemipo (NGR) bt [9/16] Brice Nicolas (FRA) 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (24m)
[6] Ziad Ibrahim (EGY) bye
[7] Laszlo Godde (FRA) bye
[9/16] Kehinde Samuel Temitope (NGR) bt [WC] Femi Shedara (NGR) 13-11, 11-4, 10-12, 10-2 ret. (50m)
Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt [9/16] Omar Elkattan (EGY) 11-5, 12-10, 12-10 (21m)
[4] Perry Malik (ENG) bye
[3] Martin Svec (CZE) bye
[WC] Abel Shedrack (NGR) bt [9/16] Jan WipperfŁrth (GER) 8-11, 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (42m)
Seif Tamer (EGY) bt [9/16] Manu Paquemar (FRA) 11-7, 11-8, 12-10 (30m)
[5] Babatunde Ajagbe (NGR) bye
[8] Laouenan LoaŽc (FRA) bye
[9/16] Aaron Allpress (ENG) bt Pardeep Malik (IND) 11-1, 11-1, 11-3 (20m)
[9/16] Gabriel Olufunmilayo (NGR) bt Faruq Sulaimon (NGR) 11-6, 11-1, 11-2 (19m)
[2] Mazen Gamal (EGY) bye

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Lagos International Classic 2023
Women's Draw
09-13May
Lagos, Nigeria, $6k

Final:
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [5] Malak Fathy (EGY) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (20m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [3] Busayo Olatunji (NGR) 11-5, 14-12, 11-2 (25m)
[5] Malak Fathy (EGY) bt [2] Lťa Barbeau (FRA) 9-11, 11-9, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9 (49m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [6] Isaac Blessing (NGR) 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 (15m)
[3] Busayo Olatunji (NGR) bt [7] Mariam Ashraf (EGY) 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (40m)
[5] Malak Fathy (EGY) bt [4] Rofiat Abdulazeez (NGR) 11-3, 13-11, 11-8 (25m)
[2] Lťa Barbeau (FRA) bt [8] Favour Utukpe (NGR) 11-2, 11-5, 11-2 (16m)

1st round:
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [WC] Titiloayo Akinyele (NGR) 11-2, 11-5, 11-2 (23m)
[6] Isaac Blessing (NGR) bt [WC] Ebifemi Taiwo (NGR) 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-1 (32m)
[7] Mariam Ashraf (EGY) bt [WC] Modupe Faniyi (NGR) 11-3, 11-3, 11-2 (20m)
[3] Busayo Olatunji (NGR) bt [WC] Mostural Durosinlorun (NGR) 11-5, 11-3, 10-12, 11-5 (22m)
[4] Rofiat Abdulazeez (NGR) bt [WC] Udeme James (NGR) 11-6, 11-3, 11-6 (19m)
[5] Malak Fathy (EGY) bt [WC] Awawu Balogun (NGR) 11-2, 11-5, 11-2 (16m)
[8] Favour Utukpe (NGR) bt [WC] Delight Temple (NGR) 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-2 (45m)
[2] Lťa Barbeau (FRA) bt [WC] Idowu Ogunyemi (NGR) 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (26m)
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Finals

Curtis and Torrie Malik Victorious

Torrie Malik in action at the British Nationals in 2022
Torrie Malik, pictured here in Manchester in 2022, claimed her sixth win of the season

Englandís Curtis and Torrie Malik were victorious at the Lagos State Squash Classic, with the siblings winning their respective finals in straight games.

The pair both came into the competition, the first to be held in Nigeria since 2018, as the top seeds. Younger sister Torrie already had five titles to her name prior to this event, and she would go on to take a Tour-leading sixth, winning the event without dropping a game.

Her three matches all came against Nigerian opposition. She defeated wildcard Titilayo Akinleye to start with, before victories came against No.6 seed Isaac Blessing and No.3 seed Busayo Olatunji.

The final saw her take on Egyptís Malak Fathy, the No.5 seed for the competition. Fathy had caused two upsets on her way to the final, including beating No.2 seed Lea Barbeau. There would be no repeat in the final, though, as Malik dropped just 14 points in a comprehensive 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 win to claim her sixth victory of an incredible 2022-2023 season.

She was joined in the winnersí circle by brother Curtis. Also the top seed, Malik started his week with a straight games victory over Egyptís Yusuf Elsherif, before then having to go the distance in his quarter final contest. The Englishman had to come from 2-1 down to defeat Nigerian Adegoke Onaopemipo, the tournament wildcard, eventually winning in five.

Malik then came up against younger brother Perry in the semi-finals of the Challenger 10 level event, winning in four games. The final saw the Englishman take on the Czech Republicís Martin Svec, and it was comfortable for Malik on the day, as he won in 24 minutes, dropping just 12 points in total, to claim his second victory of the campaign.
 
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Event Provides Opportunity For Ajagbe And Others

The Lagos State Squash Classic returns to the Challenger Tour for the first time since 2018, and Nigerian No.1 Babatunde Ajagbe believes that the event returning to his home nation means a lot for all players in the country.

The tournament was last held five years, with Egyptís Karim El Hammamy taking the title that year. This will be the first time the Tour has returned to Nigeria since, and it will provide an opportunity for not just Ajagbe, but other Nigerians as well.

ďThe last time we had an event was 2018 which is pretty long. So it means a lot to not just me, but also other players in the country. Itís an opportunity for them to play with other professionals from other countries,Ē Ajagbe explained.

ďMost of the players watch SQUASHTV and other streaming platforms but this time, they will be playing against some of these players. This tournament will also help them to improve their world ranking which is the most important factor for staging the tournament.

ďIím very excited because itís been such a long time since Iíve competed in my country. So Iím looking forward to the home advantage.Ē

Ajagbe will be the No.5 seed on home soil this week, having played just the one tournament so far in 2023. However, he believes that he is still playing good enough squash to challenge the top guys.

ďI think I feel very fine with the way Iím playing right now. Iíve not played a lot of tournaments this year but I still do match play and train with couple of other professionals.

ďMy first tournament in 2023 was the Atlanta Open and it feels great to be playing tournaments again. It didnít go the way I expected it but itís a good start.Ē

Englandís Curtis Malik will be the top seed for the menís Challenger 10 level competition, with younger brother Perry also in the top four seeds. They will be joined by Egyptís Mazen Gamal and the Czech Republicís Martin Svec. Egyptís Ziad Ibrahim and the French duo of Laszlo Godde and Laouenan Loaec will also be seeded.

This year, the tournament will also hold a womenís event for the first time, with Torrie Malik, the younger sibling of Curtis, as the top seed for the Challenger 5 level draw. Franceís Lea Barbeau and the Egyptian duo of Malak Fathy and Mariam Ashraf will be the only other international players in the competition.

The rest of the womenís draw will be filled with Nigerian players, with Busayo Olatunji and Rofiat Abdulazeez as the two leading lights of womenís squash in the African nation.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
 

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