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2018 Rainoil Open: Imeh too hot for Shehu Lawal; Atseye cruises

Top seed, Joseph Imeh eased past Shehu Lawal to seal a quarterfinal berth at the Rainoil Open in Lagos on Wednesday, while defending champion, Henry Atseye remained on track for a successful title-defense.

Imeh kept up his brilliant form with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Shehu Lawal in the third round at the Ikoyi Club. The 21-year-old, who had defeated Tochukwu Ezeh in straight sets in the second round, will look to stay on track when he next plays Emmanuel Idoko in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Idoko, who has yet to drop a set so far, went past Michael Michael 6-2, 6-2 to progress.

Defending champion, Henry Atseye stayed well on track in his bid to defend his title after Michael Chima retired in the second set with Atseye 6-2, 5-1 up. Atseye will next take on 33-year-old, Abdulmumin Babalola, who made light work of Christian Paul, winning 6-3, 6-1, turning what was billed to be an even contest into a lopsided affair.

The quarterfinal match between Atseye and Babalola will be a repeat of their last year’s quarterfinal encounter, which Atseye won.

Elsewhere, second seed, Sylvester Emmanuel continued his dominance in the second half of the draw with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Joseph Iyoroube to move into the quarterfinals and will next play Ikechukwu Iloputa, who beat Emmanuel Paul 6-4, 6-4.

Uche Oparaoji rallied from a set down to beat Emmanuel Sunday 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 and will next face Albert Bikom who whitewashed Henry John 6-0, 6-1.

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