The NTF International Junior Championships will conclude on Sunday with the girls and boys singles final.
Top seed, Oyinlomo Quadre, will have the chance to secure her third ITF Junior title of the year, when she takes on 2nd seed and last week’s champion, Marylove Edwards, in Sunday’s final.
Quadre and Edwards, two of Nigeria’s brightest youngsters, have played at an outstanding level this week to reach the final. After taking out Omolayo Bamidele and Jade Haller of Switzerland in the second round and quarter-finals, respectively, Quadre easily beat Blanche Minet, the 3rd seed from Ivory Coast, 6-0, 6-1 in the semi-finals.
Edwards, too, has had it her way this week, dismissing Morenikeji Durowoju of Austria and her compatriot, Jesutoyosi Adeusi, in the earlier rounds, before dominating France’s, Iantsatiana Ratovondrahona for a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the semi-finals. The 14-year-old, who’s ranked 732 on the ITF World Junior Rankings, is now within one match win of her second consecutive title.
Both girls combined effectively to claim the doubles title on Saturday, but will now go head-to-head for the first time on the ITF Junior Circuit. Who will come out on top?
Having lost to Canice Abua in the final last week, Musa Mohammed will attempt to go one better, when he faces Abayomi Philips in the boys singles final.
Mohammed, after breezing through the singles draw this week, faced a stern test in the semifinals against Emmanuel Jebutu. The 17-year-old, however, recovered his poise after dropping the second set to win 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 and move into his second consecutive final.
Meanwhile, Philips, who finished as a quarter-finalist in the first leg, didn’t face such troubles in his own semis, with the top seed accounting for Wilson Igbinovia 6-1, 6-3 in a 55-minute contest. Can he ride that momentum into Sunday’s final and claim the second ITF title of his 2019 season yet? Or will Mohammed do well to get over the line this time?
The girls singles final is live from 11:00am on Centre Court at the National Tennis Centre, Abuja. The boys final will follow immediately.