Sylvester partnered Calvin Hemery from France to defeat the Indian pair of Bava Haadin and Bendre Avit in two straight sets of 7-6(5), 6-4 to a wild jubilation by fans and tennis enthusiasts who were at the Package B of the National Stadium in Abuja to watch the match.
|Sylvester makes it to the final of the Doubles event at the Dayak Open. Can he just win it for Nigeria? Photo: Ewaoche Ameh.|
Naija Tennis Special also gathered that in his Singles match, Hemery also made sure of a semi final qualification after beating Mukund Sasi Kumar in two straight sets of 6-2, 6-3 in a match that was concluded in less than one hour.
The number one seed will now tackle Brazil's Fernando Romboli in the semis for a place in the final of the Singles event which will climax the one-week long tournament in Abuja.
In a rather unfortunate result of the day, fans favourite, Takanyi Garanganga from Zimbabwe, suffered a serious injury during his match against Canada's Brayden Schnur.
|Takanyi Garanganga (left) and Brayden Schnur before their match on Thursday, 11 May. Garanganga retired the match after sustaining a serious injury. Photo: Ewaoche Ameh.|
The Zimbabwean number one player will be out of action for about six weeks or more after pulling his muscle during the encounter.