Qualifying action at the Rainoil Open concluded on Sunday, with 16 players in the men’s field and 8 players in the women’s field securing main draw places.
David Dawariye, who opened his qualifying campaign on Friday with a comfortable win, fought off a rather strong challenge from Emmanuel Onyejiaka to win 6-4, 7-5 and book a spot in the men’s singles main draw.
The 15-year-old was joined by Wilson Igbinovia, who made quick work of Michael Ayoola, winning 6-0, 6-3.
Youngsters, Suleiman Ibrahim and Gabriel Friday also made it through to the main draw. However, neither of them completed their match, with Ibrahim leading 7-6(5) before his opponent, Ramos Osagie, retired due to the injury. Friday and Nasiru Sanni were midway through their encounter, with Friday leading 6-3, 3-2 before Sanni also retired due to injury.
Isiaka Toriola also secured a place in the men’s main draw, following a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 win over Fortune Uche, while Abayomi Odeyemi accounted for Opeyemi Odeyemi 7-6(1), 6-1.
In the women’s singles field, former Nigeria’s No. 1, Omotayo Osewa, completed a stress-free qualifying campaign with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Fatimah Ganiyu. The veteran had claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win in her opening round match on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Nene Yakubu came from a set down to edge Jesutoyosi Adeusi 1-6 7-5, 10-8 and clinch her spot, while Toyin Asogba eased past Mariam Ali-balogun 6-3, 6-2.
Other players to qualify for the main draw in the women’s field include Temitope Fashanu, who outclassed Rahima Bello 6-2, 6-2, and Afolarin Akosile who defeated Esther Olamide in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 10-6.
Men’s qualifying results – Qualifying round
David Dawariye bt. Emmanuel Onyejiaka 6-4, 7-5
Tobi Thomas bt. Segun Jimoh 6-3, 6-1
Chibuzor Onyekwelu bt. Babalola Wale 2-6, 6-3, 10-4
Suleiman Ibrahim bt. Ramos Osagie 7-6(5) rtd
Endurance Ehigamusoe bt. Fredrick Omuta 6-0, 6-0
Ayobami Ajayi bt. Kazeem Ishaq 5-7, 7-5, 10-8
Ismaila Adeshina bt. Elvis Isibor 6-0, 6-0
John Ihesie bt. George Osakwe 7-5, 6-3
Gabriel Friday bt. Nasiru Sanni 6-3, 3-2 rtd
Jolly Joseph bt. Ronald Franklin 3-5 default
Ebuka Ezewoke bt. Andrew Idoko 6-3, 6-0
Wilson Igbinovia bt. Michael Ayoola 6-0, 6-3
Isiaka Toriola bt. Fortune Uche 6-3, 6-1
Anthony Obekpa bt. Ezekiel Adeleye 7-5, 7-6(5)
Etido Udoffa bt. Jamiu Sulaiman 6-0, 6-0
Ayobami Odeyemi bt. Opeyemi Odeyemi 7-6(1), 6-1
Women’s qualifying results – Qualifying round
Abies Amadasun bt. Blessing Danjuma 6-2, 6-1
Nene Yakubu bt. Jesutoyosi Adeusi 1-6, 7-5, 10-8
Temitope Fashanu bt. Rahima Bello 6-2, 6-2
Ramota Odeyemi bt. Esther Lasoju 6-4, 6-1
Toyin Asogba bt. Mariam Ali-balogun 6-3, 6-2
Omotayo Osewa bt. Fatimah Ganiyu 6-2, 6-2
Afolarin Akosile bt. Esther Olamide 6-4, 1-6, 10-6
Khadijat Salami bt. Ngozi Dirisu 6-3, 6-1