Nigeria’s No. 1, Sylvester Emmanuel advanced to the semifinals of the Dala Hard Court Championship, following a rock-solid performance against Thomas Otu at the Kano Club today.
Emmanuel, who’s bidding for his third title at the event, defeated Otu 6-4, 6-4 to make progress.
Otu was bidding for a second Dala title this week after his triumph in 2017, but failed to contain Emmanuel, who carved out a decisive break in the 9th game of the opening set and broke again in the 1st game of the second set before going on to secure victory.
For a place in the final, Emmanuel will take on Nigeria’s No. 5, Uche Oparaoji, who defeated eased past Godgift Timibra 6-3, 6-2.
Elsewhere, defending champion, Joseph Imeh prevailed 6-3, 6-4 over Oche Adehi to remain on course in his title-defense bid. The 21-year-old, who hasn’t lost a set so far, will take on youngster, Musa Mohammed, for a place in the final.
Mohammed, 17, brought Ajang Sylvanus’ impressive run to an end, with a fine 6-3, 6-4 victory over the qualifier. The teenager is on a good run of form, coming into this event in Kano on the back of a superb title-triumph at the NTF International Junior Championships in Abuja.
In the women’s field, Aanu Aiyegbusi moved into her second straight semifinal on the national scene, with a straightforward 6-3, 6-1 victory over Blessing Anuna.
Up next for Aiyegbusi is defending champion, Blessing Samuel, who knocked out Ronke Akingbade 6-2, 7-5 to stay on course for a record-equalling sixth title.
16-year-old Oyinlomo Quadre, who’s No. 3 in the country, dropped only 3 games in a comfortable 6-2, 6-1 win over Osariemen Airhunwhunde. Up next for Quadre is Patience Onebamhoin, who defeated Loveth Donatus 6-1, 7-5. After easing through the opening set, Onebamhoin staved off Donatus’ challenge in a tricky set to move into the last four.
In the doubles, Sylvester Emmanuel and Clifford Enosoregbe defeated Oche Adehi and Emmanuel Idoko 6-4, 6-2 to reach the semifinals, where they went on to beat the duo of Ikechukwu Iloputa and Joseph Iyorovbe 6-4, 6-3 for a place in the final.
Emmanuel and Enosoregbe will now face the pair of Albert Bikom and Joseph Imeh, who outclassed Henry John and Musa Mohammed 6-1, 6-2 to reach the final.