Following their title-triumphs on the national scene last year, Sylvester Emmanuel and Oyinlomo Quadre have further stretched their lead at the top of the NTF men’s and women’s singles rankings, respectively.
Emmanuel, 21, had a great 2019 season, as he backed up his CBN Open title-run in June, with back-to-back title victories at the Rainoil Open and the Vemp Senior Open in December to end the year as No. 1, 210 points above second-placed Joseph Imeh.
Emmanuel had defeated Imeh at the Rainoil Open and Vemp Open finals to finish the year with three titles.
Abdulmumin Babalola, who was a runner-up at the CBN Open in June and has not competed in any national tournament since then, ranks 3rd on the standings, while Thomas Otu moved up a place to 4th.
Idoko Emmanuel, who was ranked 12th in November, moved 7 places to be ranked 5th on the log, following back-to-back semi-final showings at the Rainoil Open in Lagos and Vemp Open in Abuja. Uche Oparaoji, Musa Mohammed, Timibra Godsgift, Nonso Madueke and Ajang Sylvanus complete the top-10.
On the women’s singles rankings, 16-year-old Oyinlomo Quadre maintained her position at the top. After claiming all national titles in 2019, the talented teenager began the new year top with 850 points, 480 points more than veteran, Christie Agugbom, who’s in second place.
Agugbom, who was ranked 3rd in November, moved up a spot to finish the year in 2nd place, following back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Rainoil Open and Vemp Open in December.
Aiyegbusi is in 3rd place, while Blessing Samuel sits in 4th. Patience Onebamhoin and Blessing Anuna are ranked 5th and 6th, respectively, while Ibironke Oladipo, Omolayo Bamidele Bukola Olowu and Osariemen Airhunwhunde complete the top-10.
In the doubles discipline, Joseph Imeh is still the country’s No. 1 after superb runs in the men’s doubles. The 22-year-old partnered with Christian Paul, who’s now ranked 3rd, to reach the doubles final at both the Rainoil Open and Vemp Open. Lawal Shehu, who won the Vemp Open (partnered with Nonso Madueke) is ranked 2nd, while Uche Oparaoji, winner of the Rainoil Open doubles (partnered with Timibra Godsgift) is ranked 5th.
In the women’s doubles, Oyinlomo Quadre remained in top spot, following title success at the Rainoil Open and Vemp Open. Her partner in both events, Omolayo Bamidele is ranked 2nd.
Christie Agugbom and Blessing Samuel—who finished as runners-up at the Rainoil Open and Vemp Open—are ranked 3rd and 4th, respectively.