By Ebenezer Osamo
Following her semifinal loss to eventual winner of the Nigeria Ports Authority, NPA, National Tennis Open, Nigeria number 1 female tennis player, Sarah Adegoke returned to winning ways with a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Kelechi Njoku as the main draw of the Dala Hard Court Tennis Championship served off in Kano on Monday, 8 December.
Adegoke, who justified her NTF top ranking by reaching the final of the Governor’s Cup Lagos Tennis Championship last month, showed that she still has what it takes to dominate the domestic scene by displaying great skills against her opponent.
“I had a very good game and hopefully, I will play better if I meet stronger opposition”, said the 17 year-old, who won the Ekiti Governor’s Tennis Championship in June this year.
In some of the Men’s Singles matches played today, Candy Idoko defeated Azuka Benson 6-2, 6-1, while fifth-seeded John Otu bundled out wildcard entrant Ayuba Dauda 6-2, 6-2.
Christopher Edward out-stroked Benjamin Ebuka, a qualifier 7-5, 6-2 while junior player, Ikechukwu Iloputa fell 6-3, 6-4 to Nonso Madueke.
Thomas Otu, seeded sixth, advanced at the expense of Bala Musa 7-5, 6-3 just as Sunday Emmanuel was stretched by Yakubu Hassan, a wildcard benefactor before winning 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Joseph Imeh triumphed over Abubakar Tswako 6-2,6-2 in a battle of junior players, while old war horse, Sunday Maku had an easy ride against Aliyu Bashir, another wildcard entrant with a 6-1, 6-2 win to progress to the next stage.