Defending champion, Kafayat Omisore advanced to the women’s singles final of the PUMA Engineering Wheelchair Open in Abuja today, following a three-set victory over Tanzania’s Lucy Shirima.
Omisore, who’s looking to secure back-to-back women’s singles titles, rallied from a set down to claim a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Tanzanian.
Shirima, though, had the brighter start, as she broke early for 3-1 before going on to open a 5-2 lead. Omisore would fight back to level matters, but another break from the Tanzanian in the 12th game handed her the first set.
Omisore raised her level in the second set, breaking twice to seal it and force a deciding set. The 35-year-old would break Shirima’s opening service game in the third set, and it was clear sailing from there as she went on to clinch victory and set up a final showdown with her countrywoman, Chituru Nwaozuzu.
Nwaozuzu, who fell short in the semifinals last year, produced a rock-solid performance to beat Kemi Oluwasegun 6-4, 6-1 and make progress this time.
The 39-year-old raced to a 4-1 lead in the first set and despite Oluwasegun’s best efforts to find a way back in, Nwaozuzu held firm to secure the set. She would prove too much for Oluwasegun in the second, as she went on, untroubled, to seal an impressive victory.
The final between Omisore and Nwaozuzu is a repeat of last year’s semifinal encounter, which Omisore won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.
In the women’s doubles final, Nigeria’s Tosin Dawodu and Chituru Nwaozuzu came from behind to beat the Kenyan pair of Asiya Sururu and Jane Ndenga and claim the women’s doubles title.
Dawodu and Nwaozuzu combined excellently for a 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory.