Tombim Open: Joseph Imeh, Sylvester Emmanuel put up solid displays to move into second round of qualifying in Abuja

The Nigerians put up solid performances to better their foreign counterparts in the first round of qualifying on Saturday.

Nigeria’s no. 1 Joseph Imeh was utterly ruthless in his match against Chilean, Diego Fernandez Flores as he romped to a 6-0, 6-3 win to set up a second round qualifying clash with India’s Anurag Nenwani today, Sunday.

Barcelona-based Sylvester Emmanuel also moved into the second round with a commanding display against Adebola Obasoto, who’s based in Ireland, winning 6-1, 6-2. Emmanuel will now square off against Giovanni Samaha of Lebanon for a place in the Main Draws.

Former national champion, Clifford Enosoregbe fell out to countryman, Audu Emmanuel in a tight three sets encounter. Emmanuel bounced back from an opening set defeat to stun Enosoregbe 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Emmanuel will now have to get past Frenchman Alexandru Danes in today’s second round clash to seal a main draws berth.

Veteran Taiwo Owolabi failed to join the train as he fell to a 1-6, 3-6 defeat at the hands of Singh Hardeep Sandhu of India, while Idoko Emmanuel lost to another Indian, Vinod Sridhar 3-6, 6-7.

Second round of qualifying will continue today, Sunday at the Tennis Complex of the National Stadium in Abuja from 10.00am Nigerian Time.

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