64 players in the women’s qualifying draw were whittled down to 32 on Friday. 32 has now become 16 after Saturday’s second round action. One more round is left to play, as only 8 players will qualify for the main draw of the women’s singles category at the CBN Senior Open.
In the second round action today at the National Tennis Centre in Abuja, the CBN Junior Under-14 champion, Serena Teluwo wasted little time in dismissing Temipre Maxwell 6-2, 6-0 to reach the third round, where she will square off against Faith Sunday, who defeated Mercy Samuel in straight sets.
In another match, Oiza Yakubu, who received a bye in the first round, breezed past Faith Ameh 6-1, 6-3 to reach the final round, where she will play Pauline Ebijimi, who defeated Mariam Salami 6-2, 6-2.
Toyosi Adeusi, who registered a 6-0, 6-0 win in the first round, kept up the momentum in the second round today to dismiss Blessing Otu 6-2, 6-0 and come within a win of sealing her place in the main draw. She takes on Mary Udoffa, who rallied from a set down to secure a nervy 6-7, 6-0, 12-10 victory over Abies Amadasun.
Elsewhere on the grounds, 38-year-old Omotayo Osewa was ruthless in a 6-1, 6-1 win over China Ebunson to reach the final round. Osewa will look to book her place in the main draw and begin a bid for a second CBN Open title and first since 2001.
Complete 2nd round results
Oiza Yakubu vs Faith Ameh 6-1, 6-3
Pauline Ebijimi bt. Mariam Salami 6-2, 6-2
Toyosi Adeusi bt. Blessing Otu 6-2, 6-0
Mary Udoffa bt. Abies Amadasun (1)6-7, 6-0, 12-10
Amara Nwokolo bt. Comfort Spencer 6-3, 6-3
Rebecca Kwange bt. Naomi Sunday 6-3, 6-4
Omotayo Osewa bt. Chioma Ebunson 6-1, 6-1
Afolarin Akosile bt. Patricia Mba 6-0, 6-0
Faith Sunday bt. Mercy Samuel 6-3, 6-4
Serena Teluwo bt. Temipre Maxwell 6-2, 6-0
Blessing Omotayo bt. Olamide Aluko 6-2, 6-2
Chidinma Ezeh bt. Iveren Gege 2-6, 6-2, 10-5
Rachael Adunoye bt. Esther Olamide 1-6, 7-5, 10-5
Jumai Mohammed bt. Rehima Bello 6-0, 6-0
Udochi Amanze bt. Agnes Ogar 6-4, 5-2 rtd
Temitope Fashanu bt. Loretta Ahura 6-2, 6-3
3rd round fixtures
Oiza Yakubu vs Pauline Ebijimi
Toyosi Adeusi vs Mary Udoffa
Amara Nwokolo vs Rebecca Kwange
Omotayo Osewa vs Afolarin Akosile
Faith Sunday vs Serena Teluwo
Blessing Omotayo vs Chidinma Ezeh
Rachael Adunoye vs Jumai Mohammed
Udochi Amanze vs Temitope Fashanu