Sadio Doumbia produced a brilliant performance to beat Jaimee Floyd Angele in straight sets and lift the Tombim Abuja Open title on Sunday.
Doumbia, who dropped only a set the entire tournament, capped off a memorable week with a 6-4, 6-3 victory to clinch his 6th ITF World Tour crown.
In the all-French clash, it was Angele who started strongly, carving out an early break in the fourth game to go 3-1 up and then consolidating with a hold to open up a 4-1 lead. And just when it seemed the 19-year-old was in control of proceedings, Doumbia found his range. The second seed put his foot down to win the next five games and take the opening set.
Doumbia broke again in the fifth game of the second set to go 3-2 up, and there was no looking back after that, as he powered through the remainder of the set to clinch victory in 81 minutes and become the first French player to win the Tombim Abuja Open.
Angele, who was competing in his first ITF World Tour final, had no answers to Doumbia’s magnificence for most of the encounter. The young Frenchman had reached double digits in aces in each of his previous matches, but he could not quite hit through his rock solid compatriot in Sunday’s final. However, for his impressive efforts all week, he gets N612,000 ($1,700).
Doumbia, meanwhile, pockets N1,080,000 ($3,000) for his title-winning run this week.
Both men will now turn their attention towards the Dayak Tennis Championships, which serves off on Monday, 15 April, at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja.