Former national champion Henry Atseye on Thursday, rallied back from a set down to beat Nigeria’s no. 1, Abdulmumuni Babalola 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals. No thanks to the eye injury Babalola sustained after the first set whilst he was leaving the court for a toilet break. He received treatment, but just couldn’t get keep up with Atseye’s pace afterwards.
Speaking after the match, the Ibadan native who appreciated fans for their support, said “I was playing with blurred sight and I could harldly see the ball again. I wanted to quit after the second set but the fans’ support kept me going.”
“Though I lost the match, I’m marveled at the support I got from the fans. I really thank them for their love,” he added.
24-year-old Thomas Otu eased onto the semi-final with a 6-1, 6-1 humbling of Christopher Itodo, while teenager, Michael Chima failed to progress after he retired in the second set, handing youngster, Joseph Imeh a 6-0, 4-0(retd) win.
2018 ITF Junior Circuit winner, Christopher Bulus survived in three sets against Emmanuel Itodo, as he also booked his place in the semis with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory.
In the Women’s Singles, usual suspect — Sarah Adegoke kept up her brilliant run with a 6-0, 6-1 mauling of Aanu Aiyegbusi. The 20-year-old has only now dropped 3 games in as many matches so far.
Veteran, Christie Agugbom sacked Ronke Akingbade with a 6-4, 6-4 win, while Dala Hard Court Tennis champion, Blessing Samuel made light work of Donatus Loveth as she progressed with a 6-1, 6-2 win.
In the other match, Patience Onebamhoin had an easy passage to the semis after Blessing Anunu retired trailing 2-0 in the first set.
The duo of Henry Atseye and Nonso Madueke reached the final of the Men’s Doubles event after the beat Christopher Bulus and Emmanuel Idoko 6-3, 6-1, while Clifford Enosorogbe and Sylvester Emmanuel also secured a final spot with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Badmus Olalekan and Joseph Iyorovbe.