Henry Atseye on Friday, put up an absolutely breathtaking performance to beat Thomas Otu 7-6(2), 7-6(4) to advance to the final of the Rainoil Tennis Open in Lagos.
Thomas Otu, who surrendered a 6-5 lead in the opening set, raced to a 5-2 lead in the second set, and was right on track to force a third set when Atseye struck. The former national champion posted a performance for the ages to level up 5-5 after which both players held their serves to force another tie-break which also went the way of Atseye 7-4.
“It’s very painful to lose the way I lost because I was in total control of the match at 5-2 (in the second set),” said Otu, who could’ve reclaimed the number one ranking he once held two years ago had he gone to win the title.
Atseye, also speaking, said he hopes to be at his best as he strives to reclaim a national title which he last did at the CBN Open in 2014.
Joseph Imeh, in the other semi-final match, edged Christopher Bulus 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 to advance to the final. The youngster is now set to make his fourth appearance in a tournament final this year.
In the Women’s Singles, female no. 1 player Sarah Adegoke did what she does best as she thrashed veteran, Christie Agugbom 6-2, 6-1 to set up a final clash with Blessing Samuel, who also advanced to the final with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Patience Onebamhoin. It would be the second consecutive final between the two women in less than a month.
Furthermore, the Men’s Doubles final, slated for today, Saturday, will see Atseye team up with Nonso Madueke to slug it out with Rainoil-sponsored Sylvester Emmanuel and Clifford Enosoregbe.