CBN Tennis Championship: I’m Here To Depend My Title- Babalola
The Defending Champion of the CBN Senior Open Tennis Championship Babalola Abdulmumuni says he will do everything possible to defend the titles he won last year.
Adulmumuni who is ranked no 2 in Nigeria, stated this yesterday after defeating non seeded John Henry in two straight sets 6-1, 6-2 at the ongoing 2018 edition of the CBN Senior Open Tennis Championship.
The Civil Defender was also the Captain and Coach of Nigeria Tennis Players who took part in the Davies Cup which took place in Nairobi, Kenya.
Speaking after the match, at the Tennis Court, Package B, o f the National Stadium, Abuja, Abdulmumuni said his participation at the Davies Cup was the motivation behind his victory.
‘I came back 3 days ago. There was not enough time for me to train but i tried to do my best and with my little experience, i was able to win my matches and being the defending champion my target is to retain it. This i know i can achieve by staying focus, imbibing self-discipline and of course resting well’ he said.
Speaking with KFM online sports after his match, Nigeria No1 Tennis Player, Joseph Imeh who defeated Otuh John 6-4, 6-4 commended the organiser of the event for consistency adding that his match was a very tough one.
‘It was a very tough match, my opponent played very well, the last time i played against him was like 6-1 ,6-1 and now it is 6-4, 6-4. With this i think he has really improved. My target for this tournament is to win it and since i played final in the last Edition in Lagos i believe i can win this one’ he added.
Meanwhile in the women singles, Amara Nwokolo who lost to Fortune Ebere 7-6, 6-2 said she lost due to lack of concentration and however lamented that the poor outing will affect her ranking.
‘Its a game that either i lose or win and since i lost, next time i will train harder for the tournament and now instead of adding points to the points i already i will drop points due to my loss in the first round’ she lamented.
Stella Udukwelu who defeated Ogunsola Folasade 6-2, 6-3 told KFM online Sports that motivation from her friends gave her the victory.
‘I never knew i was going to win the match, my opponent was so intelligent and she focused on my back hand but thank God i won. My friends were there for me, they were cheering me up and with that i told myself i can do it. So i have decided to take each game as it comes and not worry ahead of any one’ she explained.
In other results of the Men’s Singles,
Shehu Lawal defeated Eze Tochukwu 6-3, 6-3.
Atsheye Henry defeated Odeh Daniel 6-3, 6-2.
Thomas Otuh defeated Odeyemi Opeyemi 6-2, 6-4.
Enoseregbe Clifford won Abamu Martins 6-2,
Emmanuel Paul also won Adewale Samson 6-0, 4-1.
Oparaoji Uche won Ibiwoye Niyi 6-0, 6-4.
Iloputa Ikechukwu defeated Ikakkah Emmanuel 6-2, 6-4.
Bikom Albert alson won Nwandu Charles 6-0, 7-6.
In other results the Women’s Singles, Adegoke Sarah defeated Akosile Afolarin 6-0, 6-0.
Temu-Micheal Mary defeated Olowu Bukola 6-4, 6-1.
Akingbade Ronke defeated Fashanu Temitope 6-2, 6-1.
The championship enters quarterfinals tomorrow.