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Teams Offikwu, Goshen, Ndoma-Egba make winning starts

Michael Osewa of Team Tech Vibe of Jos.

Kaduna-based defending champions, Team Offikwu, despite not having their key player, Sylvester Emmanuel, had a blistering start in Jos where they overwhelmed Team Tech Vibe of Jos 6-1.

Christopher Bulus and Henry Atseye won the two men’s singles on opening day, while Oyinlomo Quadri gave them a three-match lead by beating Abies Amadasun in the ladies’ singles. Shehu Lawal and Atseye combined to win the men’s doubles that gave the defending champions an unassailable 4-0 lead.

Michael Osewa, however, salvaged a point for the hosts on Sunday by beating Atseye in straight sets. Bulus won his reverse singles against Adehi Ochei 6-3, 6-2, while Quadri and Lawal combined to win the mixed doubles.

In Ado Ekiti, Team Goshen of Ilorin rallied from losing the opening singles to beat Team Yetade 5-2.

Odeyemi Opeyemi gave the host team the two points by winning his two singles matches. In the first singles, Opeyemi beat Jinadu Owolabi 7-6, 6-4 and edged Joseph Adim 2-6, 7-6, 11-9 in the reverse singles.

Patience Onebamhoin won the star match of the Ado Ekiti tie by beating top junior, Omolayo Bamidele, who was a quarter finalist at the CBN Senior Championship, 6-3, 6-3.



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