Saturday’s Vemp Open final between Sylvester Emmanuel and Joseph Imeh in the men’s field and Oyinlomo Quadre versus Christie Agugbom in the women’s will be repeats of last week’s Rainoil Open final.
And while Emmanuel and Quadre will be looking to score similar results, Imeh and Agugbom will try to avoid a repeat of last week’s outcome, where they both lost in their respective matches.
Though it isn’t just the second time the players are meeting this year. Emmanuel and Imeh had squared off in the final of the Dala Championship in Kano last month, where Imeh prevailed in straight sets. Emmanuel’s straight-sets victory at the Rainoil Open set the pair’s head-to-head in 2019 at one-all.
Quadre and Agugbom are contesting their third final this year. They first met at the CBN Open in June, where Quadre won 6-1, 6-0. The teenager still emerged winner at the Rainoil Open, with a 6-1, 3-0 (rtd) win. After predictably moving into another final this week, can the 16-year-old claim a 3rd straight win over the 37-year-old and end the week on a high?
Imeh lost to Emmanuel 7-5, 6-4 in last year’s final here in Abuja. Can he get his revenge and secure a second national title this year? Or will Emmanuel best his rival and reign supreme again?
The women’s singles final is live from 12:00pm at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja, on Saturday, followed by the men’s singles’.