Emmanuel, Maku, Babalola through to Next Round

first_imgClifford Enosoregbe was given a run for his money by Babalola Wale, the qualifier forcing a rubber in a match that ended 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 for Enosoregbe. The former Nigeria number one will battle Kayode Olawolu in the second round after the latter’s 6-1, 6-1 crushing of Alozie Ikechukwu.Also through to the second round are Thomas Otu and Joseph Imeh, who defeated Chinedu Iwuagwu 6-2, 6-4, and Musa Bala 6-3, 6-2. A couple of the junior players also enjoyed first round wins as Martins Abamu, Michael Osewa, Christopher Bulus come out victorious in their matches to send warning messages to their senior colleagues.Ageless Sunday Maku showed some old tricks to navigate his way past national junior player, Christopher Itodo 6-2, 6-2 but it was a different story for John Otu another member of the old school as he succumbed 6-1, 6-1 to Onyeka Mbanu.Abdulmumuni Babalola also progressed with a 6-1, 1-0 ret over Ismaila Adeshina to revel in his emergence as the players’ representative while Destiny Da Silva, who lost to Babalola in Sunday evening poll, bagged a 7-5, 6-3 win over Mohammed Mohammed. Former winner, Henry Atseye had secured a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 win over Taiwo Owolabi and the second round train is joined by Nonso Maduike, Michael Michael, Ikechukwu Iloputa and Lawal Shehu among others.In the women’s singles, second seed, Blessing Samuel defeated Omotayo Osewa 6-4, 6-4 to set up a second round meeting with Loveth Donatus who defeated Osareimen Airhunwunde 7-5, 3-1 ret.Ngozi Dirisu secured a 6-3, 7-5 win over Faith Christopher while Patience Onebamhoin swept aside Coleen Orji 6-1, 6-0.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CBN OPENSylvester Emmanuel underlined his favourite tag for the men’s singles title at the 39th Central Bank of Nigeria Open Championship with a commanding 6-0, 6-1 win over Richard Ogbu on Monday.The Spain-based player will meet Godgift Timibra in the second round following the Kodian Tennis Foundation youngster’s 6-2, 6-2 win over John Henry.last_img read more

USC looks to stay focused in dual meet

first_imgThe No. 2 USC men’s tennis team welcomes an old friend Saturday in San Diego coach Brett Masi.Serving as an assistant for the Trojans from 2005-2009, Masi has since taken over as coach of the Toreros and is in the midst of leading the program’s resurgenceStrong play· Freshman Emilio Gomez, who earned Pac-10 Player of the Week, looks to keep his undefeated record intact against San Diego. – Mannat Saini | Daily Trojan “This match will be really special,” said USC coach Peter Smith. “There’s only one way to treat a former family member, and that’s to beat them.”Smith is not the only one who views this match with particular interest.Many upperclassmen, including senior Jaak Poldma and juniors Steve Johnson and Daniel Nguyen, were coached by Masi and are anxiously anticipating his return.“It’s definitely going to be a tough match because [Masi] knows all of our games,” Nguyen said. “We’ve got to be focused, and treat this as if it were a match against Cal or UCLA.”No. 47 Toreros (3-1) are coming off split matches at last weekend’s ITA’s Kickoff Weekend in Knoxville, Tenn.They lost to No. 3 Tennessee 6-1, but responded with a win last week against No. 60 South Carolina 7-0.To prepare for San Diego, the Trojans (5-0) are looking to continue to focus on their singles play and aim to be more consistent.So far, the team has played solidly in the singles department, but is still trying to shake things up and find what works for doubles.“We have two solid doubles teams, but we’d like to win 3-0,” Johnson said. “That comes with more practice and more communication. We need to find the combinations that work best, and our doubles will be just as good as they have been in the past.”Smith likes the way the current matchups look, even though he is unsure if he will stick with them down the stretch.“I feel really good about doubles now that Steve’s healthy,” Smith said. “We have older and younger pairings, and I like our leadership.”That leadership is eased by the strong play of the freshman class, including newcomer Emilio Gomez, who was named Pac-10 Player of the Week.Nguyen, who played doubles last season with sophomore J.T. Sundling, and now plays alongside Gomez, is confident that this communication and comfort will come as the season progresses.USC hosts the Toreros Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.last_img read more