2018 Rainoil Open: Bunmi Are no match for sublime Adegoke

Defending champion and top seed, Sarah Adegoke produced some outstanding tennis to comfortably dismiss Bunmi Are in straight sets and set up a mouthwatering semifinal showdown with Christie Agugbom.

Despite breaking in the first game of the opening set, Are was unable to get to grips with Adegoke’s brilliant play as the 21-year-old broke back almost immediately and ran through with relative ease to take the opening set.

The second set was even better for Adegoke with Are doing next to nothing in putting up a resistance as the top seed strolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Adegoke will next face Christie Agugbom who halted 13-year-old Oiza Yakubu’s impressive run at the event.

Oiza Yakubu had beaten two senior players en route to the quarterfinals in what was a debut senior tournament, but couldn’t match the wealth of experience and firepower of the 35-year-old Agugbom as she was beaten 6-1, 6-2.

Agugbom will now turn her attention to the semis where she will seek to exact revenge on Adegoke for her straight-set loss in last year’s semifinals.

Elsewhere, last year’s finalist, Blessing Samuel defeated Ronke Akingbade 7-5, 7-5 and will play Aanu Aiyegbusi, who beat Patience Onebamhoin 6-4, 6-1.

In the men’s doubles, the duo of Bikom Albert and Abdulmumin Babalola continued their brilliant partnership as they recovered from a slow start to beat defending champions Nonso Madueke and Henry Atseye 2-6, 6-3, 10-1 and reach the final where they will face the pair of Joseph Imeh and Christian Paul.

In the women’s doubles, Blessing Samuel and Christie Agugbom combined well to take down Ronke Akingbade and Mary Tenu-Michael 6-2, 6-4. For the title, they will play the pair of Stella Fortune and Ebere Nwokwelu, who engineered a stunning fightback to beat Rose Abu and Bukola Olowu 6-7, 7-6, 10-6.

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