The race for the final of the Men’s Singles continues to hot up in the Indoor Sports Hall of Package B of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, venue of the 2021 Aso Tabe Tennis Club National Championship, with Oyo’s Usman Okanlawon contributing one of the upsets of Tournament so far, claiming a stunning 4-1 victory over Lagos no.7 seed David Faleye (11-7, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8) on Thursday 6th April.
Holding the upper hand from game one, Usman cut a commanding figure throughout and was rarely troubled by his Lagos counterpart, who is vastly experienced.
The defeat for David Faleye arrived a day after the departure of another Lagos hopeful Adeyinka Hammed, who lost in the earlier round to Rilwan Akanbi.
Two players in the spotlight following their opening day exploits, “eruku Mushin” Qudus Oladejo of Ogun and Rilwan Akanbi were at the opposing side of Table, although this time to contrasting fortunes.
Both great players but it was the delta player that prevailed, winning (8-11, 11-9 , 6-11, 8-11, 14-12, 12-10, 6-11), the match is an attestation of how competitive the tournament is.
In Table 2, wave of the moment, Amadi Omeh continued to display a remarkable performance since winning a men’s singles title in Edo.
Unseeded, Amadi defeated no 6 seed, Ahmed Bello 3-2 (11-3, 14-12, 12-14, 11-5, 13-11) to be part f the quarterfinalists.
The standout result, however, came courtesy of another Ondo player, Mati Taiwo, as the no 1 seed accounted for Bayelsa’s Samuel Boboye 3-0 (11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 11- 9).
After accounting for the defeat of Ayanwale Jamiu of Rivers 4-1 (11-8, 11-8, 12-14, 11-8, 11-4), Augustine Emmanuel is the only Lagos male team in the quarter-finals.
Azeez Solanke joined other quarter-finalists after defeating Olawale Olaniyi of Edo.