Vemp Open: Joseph Imeh beats Enosoregbe to reach semis, Sylvester Emmanuel and Babalola reunite

What was billed to be a spectacle didn’t quite turn out so as top seed Joseph Imeh put up a clinical display to beat Clifford Enosoregbe 6-1, 6-4 and advance to the semifinals of the Vemp Open in Abuja on Thursday. Enosoregbe, who before the match had not dropped more than a game in a single match, failed to provide an adequate response to what Imeh threw at him.

Imeh will next play Sunday Emmanuel, who made progress after Henry Atseye retired due to cramps while Emmanuel was leading 6-7, 7-6, 1-0.

Elsewhere, fourth seed, Sylvester Emmanuel dismissed Emmanuel Idoko 6-3, 6-0 to stay on course for a second straight national title.

Emmanuel, 20, will square off against second seed, Abdulmumin Babalola in a repeat of this year’s CBN Senior Open final, which Emmanuel sensationally won.

The 33-year-old Babalola defeated Uche Oparaoji in the battle of the left-handers, making light work of the highly anticipated clash to win 6-1, 6-3.

In the women’s draw, top seed, Sarah Adegoke battled past Aanu Aiyegbusi 6-4, 6-4 and will play Donatus Loveth, who progressed with a 7-6, 6-7, 1-0(ret) win over Patience Onebamhoin, who retired due to injury in the final set.

In the other match, Christie Agugbom beat Are Bunmi 6-3, 6-4 to set up a crunch semifinal clash with four-time Dala Hard Court winner, Blessing Samuel, who edged Ronke Akingbade.

Akingbade had handed Samuel a bagel in the first set, but just could not hold firm as the Dala Hard court champion recovered to power to a 0-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory.

The semifinals are live from Abuja on Friday from 9.00am WAT.

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