Main draw action for the second leg of the Lagos Open serves off on Wednesday, with Joseph Imeh, Oyinlomo Quadre spearheading the home challenge on an action-packed day at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.
Joseph Imeh and Sylvester Emmanuel are faced with tricky opening round tests, while Oyinlomo Quadre will fancy her chances against her contemporary. Sada Nahimana, champion in the first leg, will look to keep up the momentum.
Joseph Imeh opens play on Court 1 against the tournament’s top seed, Skander Mansouri. Mansouri, who reached the quarter-finals last week but withdrew due to illness, will be looking to go all the way this week and justify his seeding. Imeh, meanwhile, made it to the second round in the first leg, but a knee discomfort saw him retire midway through that match. He looks to be in good shape now. Can he get off to a bright start?
On Court 2, Sylvester Emmanuel, who came in via the qualifiers, has 5th seed, Calvin Hemery to contend with. It’s a repeat of their first round match here last week, which Hemery won in straights en route to the title. The Frenchman is in superb form and on a 5-match winning streak. Will he prove too much for Emmanuel again? Or are we going to witness a major upset?
In the women’s field, Oyinlomo Quadre, 16, begins her quest for a first ITF World Tour title against 15-year-old Dane, Divine Nweke. Nweke, who’s of Nigerian descent, made her debut on the ITF Tour last week, falling in the first round. Quadre, though, made the second round and will be aiming to do more this week. Both players have met twice, but on the ITF Junior Circuit, in 2018, with the head-to-head record standing at one-all. Who will prevail here?
Champion in the first leg, 18-year-old Sada Nahimana will look to carry the momentum into the second leg this week. The supremely talented Burundian takes on America’s Adesuwa Osabuohein, who’s of Nigerian descent. Osabuohein fell in the first round last week. Can she bounce back and get off to a fine start this week? Or will Nahimana keep her match-winning streak running?
In other notable match-ups, the top seed in the women’s field, Seone Mendez of Australia will go head-to-head with last week’s semifinalist, Fanny Ostlund. Mendez, who’s ranked 371 in the world, is making her debut at the Lagos Open. With six titles already won on Tour this year, the 20-year-old Aussie will fancy her chances of going all the way here. Will Ostlund, boosted with confidence after reaching the semis last week, cause an upset?
Emmanuel Idoko, who reached the round of 16 in the first leg, takes on last week’s beaten finalist, Aldin Setkic, while Paul Emmanuel confronts Takanyi Garanganga, a semi-finalist last week, in the first match on Centre Court. On Court 8, Nigeria’s Blessing Samuel will do battle with her countrywoman, Jumai Mohammed.
Matches begin from 9:30am on Wednesday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.