Nigeria’s top player on the (ITF) rankings, Sylvester Emmanuel yesterday defeated Aron Pierce of the USA 6-4, 6-4 to move to the second round of the Dayak Championship Nigeria F2 Futures holding in Abuja. It was a big relief for the 19-year old, world no 1205, who crashed out in the first round of the Tombim Futures 1 last week and is now keen to reach the quarter final of the $25, 000 tournament.
“I’m happy to win and because the American was hitting the ball so hard I had to control his serves. It was a good match I played better than I did last week and I believe I can still do better in my next game. It will be great if I can reach the quarter final,” he said.
Playing Canadian second seed, Brayden Schnur in yesterday’s second round game Calvinn Hemery gave home fans something to cheer, defeating Guatemalan Christopher Diaz-Figueroa 7-6,, 6-7, 6-2. He faces Christian Paul, who reached the second round on the wings of a 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 win over compatriot Thomas Otu.