The women’s singles qualifiers ended today, Sunday, with ease eight players booking their spots in the main draw of the CBN Senior Open in Abuja.
Oiza Yakubu claimed a straight-sets win over Pauline Ebijimi in the final qualifying round to progress. Yakubu fended off a stiff challenge from Pauline Ebijimi in the first set before going on to secure a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory.
Toyosi Adeusi eased past Mary Udoffa 6-1, 6-3, while Amara Nwokolo had no problems in beating Rebecca Kwange 6-0, 6-1.
Elsewhere, CBN Junior Under-14 champion, Serena Teluwo proved too hot for Faith Sunday, as she strolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win, while 38-year-old and former Nigeria’s No.1 Omotayo Osewa beat Afolarin Akosile. Osewa, who was a champion here 18 years ago, led 6-3, 2-1 before Akosile retired.
In other matches, Blessing Omotayo quickly handed Chidinma Ezeh a double bagel, while Temitope Fashanu was rock solid against Udochi Amanze in a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 win.
Zenith Bank ‘Next Gen’ Masters semi-finalist, Jumai Mohammed, who had not lost a single game en route to the third round, was troubled by Rachael Adunoye and lost the first set. Mohammed however rallied back impressively and went on to secure a 6-7(7), 6-1, 10-8 victory.
Main draw action will get under way on Monday, 24 June at the National Tennis Centre in Abuja.