On a day interrupted with rain, Sylvester Emmanuel proved too powerful, as he breezed past Emmanuel Jebutu in straight sets to book his place in the main draw of the men’s singles event at the Lagos Open on Tuesday.
It was a good performance from the 21-year-old who registered a straightforward 6-3, 6-1 win in 74 minutes to become the only Nigerian male player to scale the qualifiers.
Emmanuel was a set to the good when rain yet again interrupted play. Both men would return, with Emmanuel giving no chance to the 15-year-old.
Emmanuel had beaten Godsgift Timibra, his countryman, by the same scoreline in the first round of qualifying on Monday.
He joins Joseph Imeh and wildcard entrants, Emmanuel Idoko, Abayomi Philips and Paul Emmanuel in the men’s singles field.
Elsewhere, it wasn’t a good day for Oche Emmanuel, Matthew Abamu, Mohammed Mohammed and Christian Paul, as they were all edged in straight sets in the final round of the men’s qualifiers.
Oche Emmanuel was beaten 6-2, 6-1 by Arnaud Sewanou of Benin, while Abamu went down 6-0, 6-1 to Russia’s Alexey Dubinin. Kenya’s Kevin Cheruiyot proved too much for Christian Paul, winning 6-1, 6-2 and India’s Tushar Madan beat Mohammed 6-3, 6-0.
The men’s doubles and women’s singles matches which were scheduled to hold today were all suspended due to the on and off rainfall.
Play continues Wednesday morning at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan.