Action continues in both the men’s and women’s singles, as well as the doubles event at the African Games in Rabat on Monday.
Sylvester Emmanuel, the last Nigerian standing in the men’s singles event, takes on Egyptian No.2 seed, Karim Maamoun, with a place in the quarter-finals on the line. In the women’s singles, Oyinlomo Quadre and Adesuwa Osabuohein are in action.
Emmanuel has been impressive so far, beating Seydou Diallo in the first round, before powering past Geuninle Ouattara of Ivory Coast in straight sets in the second round. The 21-year-old will now look to keep it going, when he takes on Karim Maamoun in the round of 16 on Monday.
Both men have squared off twice in the past, with Maamoun, an 8-time ITF World Tennis Tour champion, winning on both occasions- at the Lagos Open in 2016 and at the Davis Cup two years ago. Can Emmanuel now get one over the Egyptian and make progress in Rabat?
Elsewhere, Oyinlomo Quadre, who registered a brilliant 6-0, 6-1 victory in her second round encounter here against Fudia Kargbo, will aim to keep up the momentum, when she locks horn with 8th seeded Kenyan, Judith Muraa.
In the other women’s singles encounter, Adesuwa Osabuohein squares off against Celestine Avomo of Gabon for a place in the quarter-finals. Osabuohein dropped only 2 games in an impressive 6-2, 6-0 victory over 9th seed, Faith Omurunga of Kenya on Saturday and will hope to continue in the same vein.
Having got past the Namibian duo of Jean Erasmus and Gideon Van Dyk in the men’s doubles first round on Monday, the Nigerian duo of Sylvester Emmanuel and Joseph Imeh face Takanyi Garanganga and Mehluli Sibanda of Zimbabwe in the round of 16, as the chase for top honours in the North African city continues.