Nigeria’s number one male tennis player, Sylvester Emmanuel has retained his title after defeating Abdulmumin Babalola in two straight sets in the Men’s Singles title back to back at the 41st edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Senior Tennis Open Championship.
The former Barcelona, Spain-based player ensured that Babalola was denied his seventh CBN Open Title by charging against the legendary player from the first set to win 6-4, 6-4.
Sylvester described his victory to hard work and dedication to the game, “I have played him so many times, coming into the court today I knew it not going to be easy for me, I brought out my game plan and decided to stay focus mentally and that gave me the victory” he said.
“This victory means a lot to me and am very happy to win the tournaments again because, I won it last year”
The pair of Abdulmumin Babalola and Shehu Lawan cruised past the Imeh joseph and Christian Paul 6-3, 3-0, retard to emerged the men doubles champions.
In the female category, Oyinlomo Quadre, the prodigiously talented young Nigerian tennis star, defeated Christie Agugbom to clinch her first ever women’s singles title.
Oyinlomo who entered the finals on the back of successive wins without dropping a set against other top Nigerian female players, dispatched her more experienced counterpart in two straight sets of 6-1, 6-0 at the tennis court of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, in Abuja yesterday.
The 16-year old Morocco based tennis star, Oyinlomo entered the tournament as a wild card player, will takes home the two major trophies from the tournament, having first won the doubles with compatriot Tenu Michael 6-2, 6-3 against the pair of Christie Agugbom and Samuel Blessing.
According to Oyinlomo “I feel very happy and honor to have won this prestigious CBN Senior tennis championship and very grateful to the organizers, my sponsors and my club, I prepared for this tournament so hard and I was determined that I was coming to win the tournaments.”
“I live in Morocco and at the end of the year I want to be in the top 100 to play the junior grand slams next year, I am 176 presently and I still have some spots to go and apart from that I want to play professionally” she said.