Defending Champion of the Central Bank of Nigeria Senior Tennis championship and tournament top seed, Sylvester Emmanuel lived up to expectations in the opening round matches of the on-going 41ST edition of the championship when he defeated Isiaka Tortola in two straight sets, 6-0, 6-3 to advance to the second round where he will face the winner between Eze Tochukwu and Okwuchukwu Michael.
But it was a tough one for tournament seed 2 and last year’s runners-up, Imeh Joseph who had to play the game of his life before overcoming unseeded Ikakah Emmanuel.l who stretched him beyond limits.
Having lost the first set 3-6, Imeh bounced back in the second set by winning it 6-2 before rounding it up in the third set that ended 6-3 in his favour.
Imeh will ttoday engage Henry John in the second round
John Henry beat Jubrin Hassan 6-1, 6-2 while Mohammed Musa outstroked Idris Aliyu 6-1, 6-0.
In the women category, Moses Favour Blessing beat Omolayo Blessing 6-3, 6-4 while Aanu Aiyegbusi dismissed Joy Sunday by handing two straight sets 6-0, 6-0 even as Blessing Anuna ran home with a 2-0 victory over Amara Nwokolo.whom she decisioned 6-2, 6-2 to move advance.
Onebamhun Patience defeated Stella Udokwelu 6-3, 6-2 while Omolayo Osewa picked her second round ticket by beating Fola Ogunsholai 6-1, 6-0. Also in the second round is Mohammed Jumai who stopped Jesutoyosi Adewusi 6-4, 6-3.
The game between Aare Bunmi and Ngozi- Dirisu ended 6-7 on 4, 6-2, 6-3 in favour of Aare Bunmi.