It’s an all-Nigerian affair in the finals of the PUMA Engineering Wheelchair Open at the National Tennis Centre in Abuja on Saturday.
Defending champion Alex Adewale, bidding for his second consecutive title, will take on Wasiu Yusuf in the men’s singles final, while Kafayat Omisore, who’s looking to defend her women’s singles title, plays Chituru Nwaozuzu.
Adewale and Yusuf have met three times on the ITF wheelchair tennis tour, with Adewale winning all encounters in straight sets, including a semifinal victory here, last year.
This week both men have played well en route to the final. In the semifinals on Friday, Adewale claimed a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Tanzania’s Novatus Temba, while Yusuf was taken to three sets by Collins Lumumba before prevailing, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
One more match for both men now. Adewale has the head-to-head advantage, but can Wasiu get his revenge and emerge victorious? Or will Adewale stretch his lead over his compatriot?
The men’s final is live from the National Tennis Centre, Abuja, from 3:30pm
In the women’s field, defending champion Kafayat Omisore, who rallied from a set down to beat Lucy Shirima of Tanzania 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals on Friday, will look to cap off a memorable campaign in Abuja with the title. But she must get past Chituru Nwaozuzu, who’s equally been impressive this week.
Nwaozuzu produced a fine display in the semifinals to beat Kemi Oluwasegun 6-4, 6-1. Can she carry that momentum into Saturday’s final against Omisore?
Both women have met just once on the ITF wheelchair tennis Tour, which was the semifinals of last year’s event, a match Omisore won in straight sets.
Can she get one over Nwaozuzu again and defend her title? Or will the 40-year-old exact revenge and reign supreme?
The women’s final is live from 1:00pm.