Imeh takes back pound of flesh from Babalola
Fast rising tennis youngster Joseph Imeh got the revenge he promised by beating Abdulmumuni Babalola 6-3, 6-3 in the first singles of the NCC Tennis League opener in Abuja over the weekend.
Imeh playing for Lagos based Team Muller had lost in the finals of the 2017 CBN Senior Championships to Babalola also in straight sets.
The rising star who had a winning Davis Cup debut for Nigeria last month in Egypt also played a major role in securing an upset victory against Team Civil Defence, winners of the inaugural edition in 2015.
Imeh beat Clifford Enosorogbe 6-4, 6-3 in the reverse singles and paired Mohammed Mohammed to win the doubles against Enosoregbe and Nonso Madueke 7-5, 2-6, 10-6.
Emmanuel Idoko, playing the No.2 singles for Team Muller also did his bit by upsetting Babalola in the second singles 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.
The three points for Team Civil Defence came from national ladies’ champion, Christie Agugbom who defeated Ronke Akingbade 6-2, 6-3; Enosoregbe who beat Idoko 7-5, 6-3 in the first singles and the mixed doubles where Babalola and Agugbom triumphed over Idoko and Akingbade 6-3, 6-2.
The pulsating tie which has set a very good tone for the 2017 tennis league was preceded by a well attended opening ceremony which had the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udo-udoma, a tennis player and multi talented sports person in his hay days, serve off the event.
Abdulmumuni Babalola was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by young sensation, Joseph Imeh at the NCC Tennis League opener in Abuja over the weekend.