In the first round of doubles event on Monday, the duo of Nigeria’s star player, Joseph Imeh and Zimbabwe’s Takanyi Garanganga combined brilliantly to make light work of wild card benefactors Adebola Obasoto and Chilean, Diego Fernandez Flores, winning 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals in Abuja.
The enigmatic duo will now play either the pair of Kazuwa Kamachi and Giovani Samaha or Aryan Goveas and Karunuday Singh for a place in the semifinals, where they could possibly clash with the Nigerian duo of Emmanuel Idoko and Christian Paul, who are in action tomorrow.
In the other match, Barcelona-based Sylvester Emmanuel and Tukhula Jacobs of Namibia fought off a stiff challenge from Brazil’s Diego Matos and Japanese veteran Kento Takeuchi, stuttering through with a 1-6, 3-6, 12-10 victory.
Elsewhere, the Sebanov brothers – Ivan and Mateo- were at their usual best as they edged the Dutch duo of Stephan Gerritsen and Jelle Sels 6-4, 7-6(3). The Croats will next play Alexis Klegou of Benin and Thomas Setodji for a place in the semifinals, where they could possibly encounter Sylvester Emmanuel and Tukhula Jacobs.
In the singles matches, top seed Markus Eriksson wasted no time in stamping his authority as he romped to a 6-0, 7-5 win over India’s Suraj Prabodh. The Swede will face either Alexis Klegou or Mateo Sebanov in the second round.
Second-seeded Austrian Maximilian Neuchrist advanced to the second round with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Japanese qualifier, Kazuwa Kamachi. The Austrian will play Dalwinder Singh, who edged Frenchman Thomas Setodji 7-6, 7-6, for a place in the quarterfinals.