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Bulus upsets Idoko as Otu battles Atseye for Rainoil Open final place

Christopher Bulus came from a set down to beat Emmanuel Idoko 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 to move into the semifinals of the Rainoil Tennis Open which enters its crucial stage at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja.

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The 2017 ITF Junior Circuit winner was second best in the opening set of the quarter-final encounter with Idoko using the baseline to a great effect.  However, the Bulus who is from the Aces Tennis Club in Lagos showed great composure as he dragged the second set with the much experienced opponent and he eventually triumphed playing a drop short to level the match.

His mobility caused Idoko problems all through the final set which he took 6-3 as he was cheered by his teeming supporters most of whom are his junior colleagues. He is billed to face the winner of the tie between second seed, Joseph Imeh and Chima Michael, who upset Spain-based Sylvester Emmanuel in the second round.

The other semifinal clash will see Dala 2017 winner, Thomas Otu slugging it out with Henry Atseye. Otu was clinical in his display against Christopher Itodo winning 6-1, 6-1 while Atseye recovered from a 6-3 first set loss to prime seed, Abdulmumin Babalola to win the second and last set 6-0, 6-2.

Women’s top seed, Sarah Adegoke also underlined her intention to land the star prize with a commanding 6-0 6-1 win over Aanu Aiyegbusi. She will face the winner of the match between Christie Agugbom and Ronke Akingbade.

Dala 2017 queen, Blessing Samuel was also at her best as she brushed aside Loveth Donatus 6-1, 6-2 and will face Patience Onobamhoin who advanced as her opponent, Blessing Anuna retired after going 2-0 down in the first set.

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