Blessing Samuel will kick-start her 2019 season as the top-ranked female player in Nigeria. The 28-year-old replaced Sarah Adegoke as No.1 in the country after a remarkable 2018 season in which she won a hattrick of national titles.

Adegoke, who’s now ranked second, had held the top spot for over a year. The 21-year-old, in 2017, triumphed in all national tournaments bar the Dala Hard Court in Kano, where she was beaten by Blessing Samuel in the final. For her exploits, she ended the year as No.1 and was adjudged the best player in the country.

She resumed normal duties in 2018, clinching the CBN Open title in Abuja after a three-sets win over Christie Agugbom, and it looked as though it was going to be another rather clean sweep that year.

But Samuel would emerge, making title-winning runs in three consecutive tournaments —the Vemp Open in Abuja in September, the Rainoil Open in Lagos in November, and then, claimed her 5th Dala Hard Court title after beating Adegoke in Kano to end the year as number one.

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1ngaRonald Franklin-
2ngaMartins Abamu-
3ngaNTF TennisDavid Dawariye-
4ngaMichael Michael-
5ngaTaiwo Owolabi-
6ngaNiyi Ibiwoye-
7ngaNTFGodsgift Timibra-
8ngaNTF TennisMichael Osewa-
9ngaStephen Ausgustine-
10ngaIMG 20191203 WA0063Emmanuel Idoko-
11ngaNTF TennisAliyu Idris-
12ngaJohn Otu-
13ngaNTF TennisJohn Henry-
14ngaNTF TennisIsmaila Adeshina-
15ngaNTF TennisPeter Lawal-
16ngaJohn Dickson-
17ngaNTF TennisAlbert Bikon-
18ngaNTF TennisEmmanuel Sunday-
19ngaNTFNonso Madueke-
20ngaMusa Muhammed-
21ngaAlang Sylvanus-
22ngaJibril HassanJibril Hassan-
23ngaNTF TennisOpeyemi Odeyemi-
24ngaIMG 20191207 WA0090 1Uche Oparaoji-
25ngaTochuku Eze-
26ngaKalada Kienka-
27ngaNTF TennisIkechukwu Iloputa-
28ngaNigeria Tennis FederationChima Michael-
29ngaWumi Ogunshakin-
30ngaMorakinyo Ridwan-
31ngaNTF TennisJoseph Iyorovbe-
32ngaNTF TennisMusa Bala-
33ngaJoseph Jolly-
34ngaNTFOchei Adehi-
35ngaMohammed Sadiq-
36ngaIbrahim Ali-
37ngaIbrahim Idris-
38ngaTosin Akinwumi-
39ngaBenson Azuka-
40ngaHenry Atseye-
41ngaNTF TennisPaul Emmanuel-
42ngaNTF TennisClifford Enosoregbe-
43ngaNTF TennisTochukwu Ezeh-
44ngaPhilip Abayomi-
45ngaNT TennisOjo Oyelami-
46ngaAmos Michael-
47ngaNTF TennisEmmanuel Ikakah-
48ngaAnthony LeoAnthony Leo-
49ngaNTFAjang Sylvanus-
50ngaJibrin Hassan-
51ngaKareem Badmus-
52ngaNTF TennisRichard Ogbu-
53ngaNTF TennisSamson Adewale-
54ngaNTF TennisCharles Nwando-
55ngaPius Lawrence-
56ngaNTF TennisIsaac Attah-
57ngaNTF TennisLinus Paul-
58ngaDaniel Odey-
59ngaNurudeen Adebisi-
60ngaNTF TennisAmbrose Michael-
61ngaIbrahim Badamasi-
62ngaIsmaila Sikiru-
63ngaEmmanuel Dim-
64ngaNTF TennisJonah Samuel-
65ngaNTF TennisStephen Augustine-
66ngaMohammed Anas-
67ngaNTF TennisYahaya Musa-
68ngaSani Adamu-
69ngaAyuba Dauda-
70ngaMusa Sani-
71ngaOnyeka Mbanu-
72ngaErnest Osinachi-
73ngaNTF TennisKayode Olawolu-
74ngaBabalola Wale-
75ngaEbuka Ezewoke-
76ngaNTF TennisIbrahim Suleiman-
77ngaAnthony Obekpa-
78ngaIsaac Emeruwa-
79ngaMatthew Akor-
80ngaNTF TennisJohn Dickson-
81ngaOlalekan Bello-
82ngaMichael Nwaokocha-
83ngaNTF TennisMatthew Abamu-
84ngaNTF TennisBenjamin Chiwendu-
85ngaOlarenwaju Alayaki-
86ngaAnthony Enebeli-
87ngaTomiwa Kolade-
88ngaChiwete Njokonma-
89ngaIbrahim Wasiu-
90ngaNTFSylvester Emmanuel-
91ngaIMG 20191208 WA0073Joseph Imeh-
92ngantftennisAbdulmumini Babalola-
93ngaNTF TennisChristian Paul-
94ngaNTFLawal Shehu-
95ngaIMG 20191203 WA0067Thomas Otu-
96ngaMohammed Mohammed-
97ngaBlessing Samuel-
98ngaSarah Adegoke-
99ngaChristy Agugbom-
100ngaPatience Onebamhoin-
101ngaAanu Aiyegbusi-
102ngaRonke Akingbade-
103ngaBunmi Are-
104ngaEbere Fortune-
105ngaOsariemen Airhunwunde-
106ngaMary Tenu-Michael-
107ngaBlessing Anuna-
108ngaOluchi Ozurumba-
109ngaBukola Olowu-
110ngaLoveth Donatus-
111ngaRose Abu-
112ngaOmolade Aderemi-
113ngaNgozi Dirisu-
114ngaStella Udokwelu-
115ngaRamota Odeyemi-
116ngaOmolayo Bamidele-
117ngaOiza Yakubu-
118ngaJoy Sunday-
119ngaFolashade Ogunshola-
120ngaTemitope Fashanu-
121ngaAmara Nwokolo-
122ngaChidinma Abaa-
123ngaIveren Gege-
124ngaMary Udofa-
125ngaFavour Moses-
126ngaRachael Adunoye-
127ngaAfolarin Akosile-
128ngaFaith Sunday-
129ngaOmotayo Osewa-
130ngaJummai Mohammed-
131ngaAbiodun Oyegoke-
132ngaBlessing Danjuma-
133ngaToyin Osogba-
134ngaChristy Nwankwo-
135ngaJesutoyosi Adeusi-
136ngaSerena Teluwo-
137ngaChidiebere Ali-Esther-
138ngaOlamide Aluko-
139ngaPauline Ebijimi-
140ngaNaomi Sunday-
141ngaJennifer Cook-
142ngaEsther Azi-
143ngaDeborah Badamosi-
144autMaximilian Neuchrist-
145usaPeter Kobelt-
146rusAlexey Dubinin-
147ukrDanylo Kalenichenko-
148ngaJoseph Imeh Ubon-
149braJoao Pedro Sorgi-
150fraTom Jomby-
151usaWilliam Bushamuka-
152indKunal Anand-
153sweMarko Vejnovic-
154sweArvid Nordquist-
155zimBenjamin Lock-
156ngaMukhtar Andu-1st
157ukrngaOleg Khotkov-
158botSuraj R. Pradobh-
159espHugo Largo-
160indArjun Kadhe-
161sweSimon Yitbarek-
162namTukhula Jacobs-
163ngaMaxime Mora-
164civSadio Doumbia-
165fraFabien Reboul-
166ngaMukhtar Andu-
167bdiGuy Orly Iradukunda-
168nedNiels Lootsma-
169civAbdoulaziz Bationo-
170greMichail Pervolarakis-
171fraJaimee Floyd Angele-
172sweArvid Nordquist-
173fraDan Added-
174bdiGuy Orly Iradukunda-
175braGilbert Soares Klier Junior-
176gbrJack Draper-
177czeDominik Palan-
178ngaLi-Wei Tan-
179ngaTosin Akinwumi-
180ngaSalami Ganiyu-
181ngaAndrew Idoko-
182ngaShola Alalade-
183ngaNTF TennisChinedu Iwuagu-
184ngaNTF TennisMichael Okechukwu-
185ngaAkagha Samuel-
186ngaIkechukwu Ogbu-
187ngaNTF TennisAyobami Odeyemi-
188ngaMichael Olajimbiti-
189ngaKayode Savage-
190ngaSalisu Mubarak-
191ngaPaul Moses-
192ngaAliyu Isa-
193ngaJames Atobong-
194ngaOjoba Chekwube-
195ngaAyodeji Omodara-
196ngaGeorge Abamu-
197ngaOyinlomo Quadre-
198ngaIye Onoja-
199ngaChristy Mbadiwe-
200ngaBlessing Omotayo-
201ngaNTF TennisIsiaka Toriola-
202ngaAbraham Olatunji-
203ngaNTF TennisMichael Ayoola-
204ngaNTF TennisEndurance EHIGAMUSOE-
205ngaNTF TennisAbubakar Gingiri-
206ngaJaminu Abubakar-
207ngaNTF TennisEmmanuel Jebutu-
208ngaNTF TennisGabriel Friday-
209ngaNTF TennisJohn IHESIE-
210ngaDaniel Adeleye-
211ngaTosin Abiodun-
212ngaMaxwell Kesiye-
213ngaMusa Braimoh-
214ngaSolomon Mesagbor-
215ngaMichael Akinyeju-
216ngaJohn David-
217ngaSaidu Mohammed-
218ngaAniegbo Ogechukwu-
219ngaRehima Bello-
220ngaGrace Alabi-
221ngaAbies Amadasun-
222ngaKhadijat Salami-
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226ngaDSC 0234Musa Mohammed-
227ngaNTF TennisEmmanuel Leo-
228ngaNTF TennisDaniel Joshua-
229ngaNTF TennisAbdul Aminu-
230ngaNTF TennisUsman Kushimo-
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36-year-old Christie Agugbom, who made runner-up finishes at the CBN Open and the Rainoil Open last year, sits in 3rd place, while Patience Onebamhoin and Aanu Aiyegbusi are 4th and 5th, respectively.

Ronke Akingbade, Bunmi Are, Ebere Fortune, Osariemen Airhunwunde and Mary-Tenu Michael complete the top 10, respectively.

In the doubles, Veteran Christie Agugbom and Blessing Samuel are ranked No.1 and 2, respectively, but are both tied on the same points. Bukola Olowu sits in third place, while Rose Abu ranks 4th. The dynamic Sarah Adegoke, who’s well-suited for the singles discipline, sits outside the top 10 in 13th.