First round action at the season-ending Dala Hard Tennis Championship continued today at the Kano Club in Kano, and it was business as usual for some of the big names.
Henry Atseye, who suffered a knock to his knee in the final of the Rainoil Open in Lagos on Saturday, recovered just in time to participate then power through to the second round in the ancient city.
The 29-year-old defeated wild card, Idris Aliyu 6-2, 7-6(3) to make progress. Atseye, who is seeking to replicate his brilliant performances in Lagos last week, will take on either two-time champion, Emmanuel Sunday or Michael Amos for a place in the quarterfinals.
Elsewhere, Joseph Imeh, who’s fresh off a title-winning run at the Rainoil Open in Lagos, kick-started his Dala Hard Court campaign with a comfortable 6-1, 6-3 victory over Yahaya Musa.
Imeh, who finished as runner-up last year, will next play Michael Michael, who dispatched Hassan Jibrin 6-0, 6-2.
Third seed, Abdulmumin Babalola, who’s seeking a record-extending sixth Dala Hard Court title, made light work of Martins Abamu, dropping only 3 games to run with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Babalola, who won his first title at the event in 2002, will look to stay on track when he faces Michael China in the second round on Wednesday.
In the women’s bracket, 2014 champion and last year’s finalist, Sarah Adegoke got off to a great start, beating Osariemen Adeyemi 6-1, 6-2, while Fortune Ebere came from a set down to stun Aanu Aiyegbusi 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
More to follow…