Action at the NTF International Junior Championships this week is at its business end, with players looking to secure semifinal spots in the singles event on Friday.

Top seeds, Abayomi Philips and Marylove Edwards are in the fray.

Abayomi Philips had no troubles dispatching Uche Emeruwa in the second round on Thursday and will now look to maintain the momentum, when he takes to court against his compatriot, Gabriel Friday, who produced a spirited display against Michael Emmanuel in his own second-rounder to win in three sets.

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Abayomi Philips

Philips is bidding for his second ITF title of the season. Can he stay on track? Or will Friday derail his title bid?

Marylove Edwards, the top seed in the girls field, takes on unseeded Swiss, Jade Haller. Both girls were impressive in their opening, with Haller powering to 6-2, 6-1 win over Charity Patrick and Edwards dismissing Joy Samuel 6-2, 6-2.

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Switzerland’s Jade Haller in action.

Haller harbours hopes of reaching her first semifinals on the ITF Circuit this year, but Edwards will present a very tough test.

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Marylove Edwards posted a semifinal-run in Lome in September and will look to better that outing this week in Abuja.

In other matches, Canice Abua will confront 2nd seed, Assil Boussayri of Morocco. Abua, who came in via the qualifiers, hasn’t dropped a set so far, beating Gaddafi Yakubu and Ojo Fredrick in straight sets. Can he keep it going?

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Canice Abua, who secured Gold for Kogi State at the National Youth Games in September, is aiming for another memorable campaign. 

Jesutoyosi Adeusi will go head-to-head with Ivorian 2nd seed, Blanche Minet for a place in the last four of the girls singles, while Ghana’s Naa McKorley, who’s seeded 3rd, takes on 5th seed, Iantsatiana Ratovondrahona of France, in another quarter-final contest.

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Naa McKorley

Matches begin from 10:00am at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja.