Main draw action at the Rainoil Open Tennis Championship got underway at the Ikoyi Club in Lagos today, and some of the results posted were never in doubt.
Defending champions, Henry Atseye and Sarah Adegoke got their title-defense campaign off to a sound start, while top seeds, Joseph Imeh and Sylvester Emmanuel made it business as usual.
Henry Atseye, 29, eased past youngster Philip Abayomi 6-2, 6-3 in his opener and will face wild card entrant, Chinedu Iwuagbwu, who overcame a sluggish start to edge Charles Nwandu 1-6, 7-6, 10-3.
Veteran Abdulmumin Babalola didn’t break a sweat in his 6-1, 6-2 hammering of wild card, Chiwete Njokonma and will very well fancy his chances against the unheralded Pius Lawrence in the second round.
Top seed, Joseph Imeh had no problems advancing to the second round as he accounted for Franklin Ronald with a 6-2, 6-2 win, and will seek to remain on track for first national title in almost two years when he takes on Tochukwu Ezeh. Ezeh had earlier, held his nerves to come through with a 6-1, 4-6, 10-6 victory of Adamu Sani.
Elsewhere, second seed Sylvester Emmanuel, who’s seeking his third straight national title progressed with a straight-set victory over Isaac Attah. Emmanuel had breezed through the opening set, but was pegged back by the wild card in the second set. Attah, however, couldn’t force a decider as Emmanuel stayed composed to seal a 6-1, 7-5 win.
Emmanuel will next face Oche Adehi, who beat Michael Ambrose 6-3, 6-1.
Nigeria’s No.4, Thomas Otu was rock solid in his 6-2, 6-4 victory over Aliyu Idris, while Christian Paul made progress after Linus Paul retired with injury after the first set, with Paul leading 7-5.
In the women’s bracket, top seed Sarah Adegoke dismissed Stella Udokwelu 6-3, 6-1, while Christie Agugbom beat Abiodun Oyegoke 6-1, 7-5.
In a show of flawless display elsewhere, Osariemen Airhunwunde condemned Princess Aluko to a 6-0, 6-0 defeat.
First round action continues on Tuesday at the Ikoyi Club, Lagos.