Sunday’s final will see Musa Mohammed and Canice Abua—two players who made it to the main draw via the qualifying round—go head-to-head for the boys singles title, while the top two seeds in the girls field, Marylove Edwards and Blanche Minet square off for the girls singles title.
Musa Mohammed and Canice Abua have worked their way brilliantly, through the boys singles draw to reach the final- a maiden ITF Junior final for both boys.
Mohammed moved through to the final, beating four other Nigerian players without losing a set. In Saturday’s semifinals, the 17-year-old had to negotiate past a tricky first set against Gabriel Friday, before overpowering his opponent in the second set to come within one match win of his first ITF Junior title. Can he secure one more win?
Abua should present a tough test. The youngster, who claimed the boys singles title at the National Youth Games in Ilorin, in September, has pulled together strings of outstanding performances to produce a remarkable campaign in Abuja this week. And like Mohammed, the 15-year-old has yet to drop a set so far. In the semifinals against Emmanuel Jebutu on Saturday, Abua escaped 2-5 down in the second set, winning the next five games on the bounce to wrap up his 10th consecutive set win this week.
It’s the first time both boys are meeting on the ITF Circuit and it should be a gripping contest.
The tournament’s top seed, Marylove Edwards and Blanche Minet of Ivory Coast had delivered superb displays in Saturday’s semifinals to make the final; Edwards beating France’s Iantsatiana Ratovondrahona 7-5, 6-3, and Minet outduelling Rebecca Ekpenyong for a 6-0, 6-3 win. Shortly after they combined effectively to claim the girls doubles title and cap off a great week of doubles partnership in Abuja.
However, on Sunday, both girls will clash for the singles title. Edwards dropped a set (against Jade Haller) in an epic 3hr-19mintue quarterfinal contest on Friday, where her resolve was on full display. Minet, meanwhile, breezed through her section of the draw to make her first ITF final. Can she ride the momentum into the final? Or will Edwards prevail?
Marylove Edwards vs Blanche Minet is live from 1:00pm at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja. The boys final will follow immediately after.