Magees Take on Nigeria

17/07/2015



Day 1 – The Irish won two out of their three matches on the first day of the Lagos International. First on court was Chloe Magee against Ogar Siamupangila of Zambia, Chloe won with relative ease 21-2, 21-14. This sets up a second round match with Kate Foo Kune of Mauritius on Friday. Joshua took to the courts next against Yuhan Tan, Joshua could not find his rhythm in these difficult conditions and went down 21-10, 21-14. Joshua really struggled with the slow shuttles but he picked himself up for his men’s doubles match with partner Sam Magee, the brothers took on Idowu Adekunle and Tobi Owalabi of Nigeria. The Irish were never really pushed and came out on top winning 21-9, 21-7.


There are two rounds of matches on Friday starting with the mixed doubles where Chloe and Sam will play locals Idowu Adekunle and Asisat Ogunkambi, they should progress to the quarter finals where they possibly meet the Nigerian number one combination of Ola Fagbemi and Dorcas Ajoke.


Chloe will be back on court against Foo Kune in the morning and winning that she will set up a quarter finals against either PC Thulasi of India or Disha Gupta of the USA.


In the men’s doubles the Magee brothers will take on the Indian combination of Alwin Francis and Arun Vishnu, the Irish will be looking for a win here as this would give them an easy quarter final match as number 3 seeds Fuchs and Schoettler of Germany did not make the trip to Lagos.


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All of the Irish medalist from Baku are in Nigeria for the Lagos International Challenge. Ireland will be represented in the women's singles by world number 42 Chloe Magee, Chloe will partner Sam Magee in the mixed doubles where they are the number 1 seeds. Joshua Magee is playing singles and will also be playing men's doubles with his brother Sam. Chloe and Sam will be looking to build on their mixed doubles success from Russia two weeks ago and follow up with a good performance in Nigeria to help them in their fight to qualify for Rio 2016.


First up for the Irish on Friday will be Joshua Magee against number 6 seed world number 76 Yuhan Tan of Belgium. Chloe is the number 4 seed in Lagos and is up against Ogar Siamupangila of Zambia in her first match. The Magee brothers of Joshua and Sam will also be on court on Friday against locals Idowu Adekunle and Tobi Owalabi. Chloe and Sam are seeded 1 in the mixed doubles but will only play their first match on Friday against Idowu Adekunle and Asisat Ogunkanbi of Nigeria. The siblings are looking for a good result in Nigeria to build on their world ranking of 22.

This is the Magees first time to the African continent and they are hoping to make their presence known. As this is an Olympic qualifying tournament and also an International Challenge, there are players from 30 countries currently competing in Nigeria which is by far the most any African tournament has ever had. Competition will be hot; on and off the court with temperatures around 30 degrees.


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