Nigerian squash star, Busayo Olatunji, has described the Lagos State Squash Classic 2023 as “very eventful and entertaining”.
Writing on her known Facebook page on Saturday, May 13, the world No. 185 said although she was not pleased with her semifinal exit, she is proud of herself.
She said: “It’s been a very eventful period and also entertaining. The last few days, competing here in Lagos for an international event with so much love and support. It’s sad to exit at the semifinal but I’m very proud to have made it that far. Torrie was an amazing opponent and I respect her a lot.”
The 23-year-old added:
“I am grateful to the Lagos State Government, the Lagos State Sports Commission, the Lagos State Squash Association, the Nigeria Squash Federation and every other body involved in the organization of this tournament. It’s been amazing and we hope to have more of it.
“To everyone who took time out to watch and support me everyday up till the semi final, I’m very grateful to all of you. I do not take the love for granted and I will continue to strive to make you all proud. God bless you.“
Lagos State Squash Classic 2023 Champions
The $12,000 (men)/$6,000 (women) prize money tournament produced English athletes as winners.
While Malik eased to victory in the final against Martin Svec of the Czech Republic, his sister, Torrie, also found it seamless against Egypt’s Malak Fathy. Both finals ended 3-0.
In the men’s category, two Nigerians, Adegoke Onaopemipo (popularly called Onas) and Kehinde Samuel, reached the last-eight. They had beaten their opponents in the previous round.