Musa Mohammed eased into the second round of the NTF International Junior Championships in Abuja, following a commanding straight-sets win over Peter John. Wilson Igbinovia, Canice Abua and Gabriel Friday also produced impressive performances.
Mohammed, who came in via the qualifiers, dismissed Peter John 6-2, 6-1 to set up a second round showdown with 4th seed, Michael Osewa.
Wilson Igbinovia powered past Habila Haggai 6-0, 6-3 to move into round two, where he will play the tournament’s 2nd seed, Assil Boussayri of Morocco.
Canice Abua opened his main draw account, with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 win over Gadaffi Yakubu, and will next play lucky loser, Ojo Fredrick, who beat India’s Siddharth Tirupati 6-3, 7-6(5).
Elsewhere, Gabriel Friday made light work of Ojente Azamata, winning 6-1, 6-3. Up next for Friday is Michael Emmanuel, who edged Benjamin Ayuba 6-3, 5-7, 1-1 (rtd.)
Emmanuel held a 5-3, 40-0 lead in the second set, but couldn’t serve for the match. The lead would evaporate as Ayuba won the next four games on the trot to take the set and force a third set. Two games into third, with the score at one-all, Ayuba retired due to injury.
In the girls field, Joy Samuel rallied from a set down to beat Mariam Salami 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 and move into the second round.
Samuel will play top seed, Marylove Edwards next.