First round action continued on Tuesday at the inaugural edition Vemp Open in Abuja. Top seeds, Sarah Adegoke, Joseph Imeh eased into the second round, while Dala Hard Court champion, Thomas Otu survived an early scare.
Adegoke, who’s bidding for a fourth successive national title, made light work of Favour Moses as she romped to a 6-1, 6-1 win. The 20-year-old will next face Stella Udokwelu for a place in the quarterfinals.
Still in the women’s draw, 35-year-old Christie Agugbom thrashed youngster Favour Moses 6-0, 6-0, while 2017 Dala Hard Court champion, Blessing Samuel advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Esther Azi.
In the men’s bracket, Joseph Imeh wasted no time in stamping his authority with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Tochukwu Ezeh. The 20-year-old sensation, who is bidding to lift his first national title since February last year, will face Michael Chima next.
Former national champion, Clifford Enosoregbe made a statement performance against veteran, Shehu Lawal. Enosoregbe powered to 6-1 first set win and was a game away from handing Lawal a bagel in the second set before the 33-year-old retired due to injury. Lawal wasn’t the only one to retire injured as Emmanuel Paul also retired while trailing Nonso Madueke 6-4, 1-0.
Dala Hard Court champion, Thomas Otu survived an opening round square against qualifier Idris Aliyu to win 7-6(4), 7-6(8), while CBN Open champion, Sylvester Emmanuel beat another qualifier Sani Musa 6-4, 6-2.
Elsewhere, Emmanuel Idoko condemned an out-of-sorts Christian Paul to a 6-1, 6-1 defeat. What had been billed to be a thrilling first round clash turned out to be a lopsided affair and the shocking defeat left the 23-year-old Nigeria’s Davis Cup team player devastated.