Imeh takes back pound of flesh from Ba­balola

Daily Trust - - OPINION - By David Ngobua

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.

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