There were surprises in the second round of the Rainoil Tennis Open in Lagos on Wednesday as Rainoil-sponsored Sylvester Emmanuel and former national champion, Clifford Enosoregbe fell to defeat in their respective matches.
Former national champion, Enosoregbe was easily beaten 6-3, 6-2 by Nigeria’s no. 1, Abdulmumuni Babalola on Wednesday. Babalola is in tremendous form at the moment, having played a massive role in helping Team Civil Defence to the NCC Tennis Cup title, and the clay-court expert is surely one of the favourites to claim the Rainoil title. He will play Henry Atseye in the last eight.
The biggest surprise of the day was the ouster of Barcelona-based Sylvester Emmanuel by Michael Chima. Emmanuel made the better start, taking the first set 6-2, but later lost composure. Chima capitalized on that and went on to win the match 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarters.
Dala Hard Court champion, Thomas Otu also advanced with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Michael Michael, and Joseph Imeh followed suit with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ezeh Tochukwu. Christopher Bulus enhanced his growing reputation as one of the finest young players in the country when he posted an impressive 6-2 6-2 victory over Christian Paul to reach the quarter finals.
In the Women’s Singles, Oluchi Ozurumba was no match for Sarah Adegoke as the no. 1 female player advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-1, 6-1 victory, while Christie Agugbom continued her impressive outing with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Deborah Gbadamosi.
In the other matches, Olowu Bukola retired after losing the first set 6-0 to Dala champion, Blessing Samuel, while Aanu Aiyegbusi also retired when she 6-3, 4-0 down to Aminat Quadri.
In the Men’s Doubles, the pair of Henry Atseye and Nonso Madueke subjected Joseph Imeh and Olawolu Kayode to a 6-2, 6-2 defeat, while Clifford Enosorogbe and Emmanuel Sylvester had something to smile about when they beat the duo of Christopher Itodo and Michael Michael 7-6, 6-3 to move into the semi-finals.