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Vemp Open: Joseph Imeh beats Michael Chima to set up quarterfinal showdown with Clifford Enosoregbe

Top seed, Joseph Imeh put up a commanding display to beat Michael Chima 6-3, 6-4 and advance to the quarterfinals of the Vemp Open in Abuja.

The 20-year-old, who was adjudged Nigeria’s best player in 2017, took the first set comfortably. Chima would make a good account of himself in the second set, but Imeh ultimately proved too strong as he wrapped up the match on Centre Court.

“I played very well… I’d say I gave 100%,” Imeh, who thrashed Tochukwu Ezeh 6-1, 6-1 in the first round, said. “I did a good thing out there today and I feel ready to go for tomorrow [against Clifford].”

Imeh will next face Clifford Enosoregbe in what is billed to be an enthralling quarterfinal clash.

Enosoregbe, former Nigeria’s No.1, made light work of Michael Amos as he claimed a 6-1, 6-1 victory on Court 1. Enosoregbe has yet to concede more than a game in a single set so far, having accounted for Shehu Lawal 6-1, 5-0(rtd) in the first round. Given Clifford’s brutal form right now, Joseph Imeh says the quarterfinal clash is one match that shouldn’t be missed.

“He [Clifford] is a good player, no doubt. He’s playing well, also on his top form. Definitely, tomorrow’s will be a good match to watch.”

Elsewhere, Sunday Emmanuel got the better of Dala Hard Court champion, Thomas Otu 6-4, 5-1(rtd). Otu looked out of sorts from the onset as he struggled to keep up with the flow of play.

With the score set at 2-2 in the second set, the 24-year-old had an altercation with the umpire while complaining about what he called “unfair officiating.” He then received a double code violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour and that resulted in a game penalty. Otu lost composure thereafter and retired later on due to injury.

Thomas Otu failed to move past the second round of the Vemp Open in Abuja.

Sunday Emmanuel, meanwhile, will now play Rainoil Open champion, Henry Atseye for a place in the semifinals. Atseye had recovered from a slow start to beat Nonso Madueke 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 to advance.

The Vemp Open, which is being held at the Abuja Tennis Centre, National Stadium Package ‘B’, Abuja, will have its final curtain fall on Saturday, 8 September.

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