The 2019 Vemp Open is at its business end, with the players left in the singles draw looking to secure a place in the semifinals on Thursday.

Joseph Imeh and Gabriel Friday open play on Centre Court, while Sylvester Emmanuel, the defending champion, goes head-to-head with Lawal Shehu in the first match on Court 1.

Oyinlomo Quadre and Blessing Samuel also feature on a quite busy day of tennis.

Friday, 17, is enjoying a fine run at the Vemp Open this week, with successive straight-set wins to reach the quarterfinals. However, he will face a stern test from Imeh, who’s reached the final in each of his last two tournaments. Can he pass it? Or will Imeh edge closer to yet another final?

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Gabriel Friday

Having bowed out in the first round last year, 34-year-old Lawal Shehu has gone steps better to make the quarter-finals this time around, beating Emmanuel Ikakah and Clifford Enosoregbe – both in straight sets – along the way. Can he keep up the intensity against Sylvester Emmanuel?

Emmanuel, seeking to defend his men’s singles crown, has accounted for Michael Chima and Musa Bala this week to extend his winning streak to 8 matches. Can he stretch it even further?

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Sylvester Emmanuel

Nigeria’s No. 1, Oyinlomo Quadre is on a superb run of form. The youngster hasn’t lost a match – not even a set – in national tournaments this year. On Thursday, she will try to remain on course for a 4th straight national title in 2019, when she faces Omolayo Bamidele- her doubles partner.

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Oyinlomo Quadre

Blessing Samuel, looking to defend her women’s singles title this week, faces Stella Udokwelu, who like her, hasn’t dropped a set so far. Who’ll come through?

Emmanuel Idoko and Uche Oparaoji will do battle, while Musa Mohammed and Nonso Madueke square off for another semifinal spot.

Thursday’s Order of Play

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