Sadio Doumbia of France, on Tuesday, eased into the second round of the Tombim Abuja Open with a comfortable straight-sets victory over Ivory Coast’s Abdoulaziz Bationo.
Doumbia recorded a 6-0, 6-1 win in just under an hour and now faces either Nigeria’s Musa Mohammed or his countryman, Maxime Mora in the next round.
The 19-year-old Bationo, who was given a wildcard, possessed very little to worry the second seed in the 56-minute encounter.
A break of serve in the first game of the opening set gave Doumbia the lead and the Frenchman stayed ahead the rest of the way.
It turned out to be a good day for the French players, with Jaimee Floyd Angele and Dan Added joining Doumbia in the second round.
Jaimee Angele, aged 19 and standing at 6ft 9in, was solid against Brazil’s Joao Pedro Sorgi, raining 14 aces on the 7th-seeded Brazilian in his 6-4, 6-3 victory. Things had gone with serve in the first set until the tenth game, where Angele broke to claim the opener. The Frenchman would break again in the sixth game of the second set, before going to close out the match in an hour and 29 minutes.
Dan Added, meanwhile, defeated Fabien Reboul 6-3, 7-5 in their all-French affair to make progress.
Elsewhere, in the battle of the young Swedes between Arvid Nordquist and Marko Vejnovic,, it was Nordquist who prevailed with a straightforward 6-2, 6-2 win. Vejnovic had won the wildcard playoffs on Monday to get into the main draw, but could do very little today, as he struggled with injury from the start of the match.
In the doubles event, where Nigerians were in action, the pair of Henry Atseye and Emmanuel Audu got edged 6-3, 6-1 by the Ukrainian-Dutch duo of Danylo Kalenichenko and Niels Lootsma, while Tochukwu Ezeh and Maxwell Kesiye were overpowered in straight sets by top seeds, Arjun Kadhe and Maximilian Neuchrist.
In other matches played on Day 2, Brazil’s Gilbert Junior defeated Tuki Jacobs of Namibia 6-0, 7-5. Michail Pervolarakis of Greece dismissed Alexey Dubinin 6-1, 6-3, while Burundi’s No.1, Orly Guy Iradukunda beat Suraj Prabodh of India 7-5, 6-4. Another Indian, Kunal Anand was sent out in the opening round, falling 2-6, 2-6 to Li-Wie Tan of Taipei.
Sadio Doumbia, following his first round win, teamed up with Fabien Reboul to beat Jaimee Floyd Angele and Maxime Mora 6-2, 6-1 in an all-French doubles affair and reach the quarterfinals. They were joined by the pair of Williams Bushamuka and Simon Yitbarek, who defeated Orly Iradukunda and Tuki Jacobs 6-1, 6-2.
First round action continues on Wednesday at the National Tennis Centre in Abuja.