Round-robin play at the Chevron Junior Tennis Championship served off on Wednesday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, and players have been knee-deep in action.
The tournament, which is played in two age categories -12 & Under and 16 & Under- with four groups in each category, will have the top players in each group qualify for the semifinals.
In the boys 12s, Seun Ogunsakin, who won the category in the previous edition, made a perfect start in Group A on Wednesday as he whitewashed Gbadebo Samad 10-0 10-0 and then an easy 9-1 win over Malcom Osaji on Thursday. Also in Group A, Praise Ikeuba defeated Malcolm Osaji 10-5 10-2 before earning a walkover against Gbadebo Samad.
In Group B of the boys 12s, Isaac Silas edged Precious Ikeuba 10-6, 10-6 on Wednesday and then went on to beat Kosoko Farouk 9-0 the following day. Ikeuba however bounced back from his earlier defeat to trounce Arwal Jaji 9-2 on Thursday.
In the girls 12s, Favour Amaechi best Vanessa Inyang 10-4, 10-5 in Group A on Wednesday, while Nene Yakubu edged Peace Agbeje 10-5, 10-7 in Group B. In Group C, Mary Azi proved too much for Lorelax Holzendorf, winning 10-4, 10-6. Holzendorf would brush off the disappointment of a first day loss to sweep aside Fego Ayetuoma 9-1 on Thursday.
In the boys 16s, Mohammed Idris, who finished as runner-up in the boys 12s in the previous edition, started on the wrong foot in this, as he was beaten by David Ekpeyong 10-4, 10-5 in Group A. Idris however secured a tight 9-8 victory over John Peter on Thursday, while Ekpeyong maintained his intensity to thrash Arwal Garba 9-1.
In Group B, Daniel Adeleye defeated Sunday Ameh 10-7, 10-6 on Wednesday before going on to register a 9-0 victory over Adisa Imole on Thursday.
In the girls 16s, Rebecca Ekpeyong, winner in the previous edition, began her quest for another title, with a 10-3, 10-5 victory over Idowu Lagundoye on Wednesday and kept up the form on Thursday to secure a 9-4 victory over Faith Adeusi, who had earlier been beaten by Esther Azi, 10-7, 5-10, 16-14.
Salamatu Haruna, who competed and won the girls 12 category in the previous edition and has now moved up to the 16 & under category, was beaten in both her matches in Group B. The youngster fell 10-8, 10-7 to Serena Teluwo on Wednesday before going down to Jesutoyosi Adeusi 9-4.
The final round-robin matches will be played on Friday from 10:00am, with semifinals set to hold on Saturday and the grand finale on Sunday.
Full results (Day 1 & 2)
Boys 12 and Under (Day 1)
Seun Ogunsakin bt. Gbadebo Samad 10-0, 10-0
Praise Ikeuba bt. Malcom Osaji 10-5, 10-2
Isaac Silas bt. Precious Ikeuba 10-6, 10-6
Kosoko Farouk bt. Arwal Jaji 10-5, 3-10, 10-7
Henry Aina bt. Israel Adeusi 10-6, 10-2
Emmanuel Ameh bt. Satyam Maurya 10-4, 10-7
Lucky Danjuma bt. Rayman Zayan 14-12, 13-11
Prince Emeka bt. Seyi Ogunsakin 10-8, 10-4
Boys 12 and Under (Day 2)
Seun Ogunsakin bt. Malcom Osaji 9-1
Praise Ikeuba WO Gbadebo Samad
Precious Ikeuba bt. Arwal Jaji 9-2
Silas Isaac bt. Kosoko Farouk 9-0
Henry Aina bt. Satyam Maurya 9-7
Emmanuel Ameh bt. Israel Adeusi 9-0
Lucky Danjuma bt. Seyi Ogunsakin 9-0
Rayman Zayan bt. Prince Emeka 9-1
Girls 12 and Under (Day 1)
Favour Amaechi bt. Vanessa Inyang 10-4, 10-5
Nene Yakubu bt. Peace Agbeje 10-5, 10-7
Mary Azi bt. Lorelax Holzendorf 10-4, 10-6
Esther Lucky bt. Ndidi Osaji 10-3, 10-5
Girls 12 and Under (Day 2)
Vanessa Inyang bt. Khadijat Haruna 9-5
Peace Agbeje bt. Sarah Adisa 9-0
Lorelax Holzendorf bt. Fego Ayetuoma 9-1
Success Ogunjobi bt. Ndidi Osaji 9-0
Boys 16 and Under (Day 1)
David Ekpeyong bt. Mohammed Idris 10-4, 10-5
John Peter bt. Arwal Garba 10-6, 8-10, 10-3
Daniel Adeleye bt. Sunday Ameh 10-7, 10-6
Gabriel Inyang bt. Adisa Imole 10-5, 10-8
Isaac Danjuma bt. Delight Ikeuba 10-5, 10-8
Taofeek Mogaji bt. Gbolahan Olaniyan 10-7, 10-5
Joshua Maxwell bt. Moses Olamilekan 10-6, 12-10
Usman Garba bt. Filipo Trombi 10-8, 10-7
Boys 16 and Under (Day 2)
David Ekpeyong bt. Arwal Garba 9-1
Mohammed Idris bt. John Peter 9-8
Daniel Adeleye bt. Adisa Imole 9-0
Gabriel Inyang bt. Sunday Ameh 9-5
Isaac Danjuma bt. Gbolahan Olaniyan 9-1
Taofeek Mogaji bt. Delight Ikeuba 9-1
Joshua Maxwell bt. Filipo Trombi 9-3
Usman Garba bt. Moses Olamilekan 9-5
Girls 16 and Under (Day 1)
Rebecca Ekpeyong bt. Idowu Lagundoye 10-3, 10-5
Esther Azi bt. Faith Adeusi 10-7, 5-10, 16-14
Serena Teluwo bt. Salamatu Haruna 10-8, 10-7
Jesutoyosi Adeusi bt. Timipre Maxwell 11-13, 10-5, 10-5
Mary Udoffa bt. Faith Ameh 10-4, 10-2
Destiny Okhinaye bt. Amarachi Ezeh 10-5, 10-4
Chidinma Ezeh bt. Esther Oni 10-7, 11-9
Blessing Otu bt. Ngowari Jim-Jaja 10-8, 10-6
Girls 16 and Under (Day 2)
Rebecca Ekpeyong bt. Faith Adeusi 9-4
Esther Azi bt. Idowu Lagundoye 9-3
Serena Teluwo bt. Timipre Maxwell 9-3
Jesutoyosi Adeusi bt. Salamatu Haruna 9-4
Mary Udoffa bt. Amarachi Ezeh 9-2
Destiny Okhinaye bt. Faith Ameh 10-8
Chidinma Ezeh bt. Ngowari Jim-jaja 9-6
Blessing Otu bt. Esther Oni 9-1