Marylove Edwards and Oyinlomo Quadre set up girls singles final showdown, following their superb semifinal victories at the NTF International Junior Championships, while Musa Mohammed advanced to his second straight boys singles final, where he will play Abayomi Philips.
Marylove Edwards, the tournament’s second seed, booked her place in the final with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 victory over French 6th seed, Iantsatiana Ratovondrahona, in Abuja today.
The 14-year-old completed her 7th consecutive win in an hour and 42 minutes, as her imposing play gave Ratovondrahona no chance on Court 1.
Having won the first leg title last week, Edwards will now aim for a second straight crown against Oyinlomo Quadre in Sunday’s final.
Quadre, meanwhile, crushed Cote d’Ivoire’s Blanche Minet 6-0, 6-1 on Centre Court.
Minet, the third seed, had no answers to Quadre’s superior power and brilliance, bowing out after just 62 minutes when the top-seeded Nigerian wrapped things up with a routine hold.
Elsewhere, Abayomi Philips marched into the boys singles final as he looks to add the J5 Abuja title to the GTFLifetime Athletic Open title he won in Accra, Ghana, 3 months ago.
The top seed defeated Wilson Igbinovia 6-1, 6-3 in just under an hour. After easing through the first set, a break in the 7th game of the second set gave Philips a 4-3 lead. Another in the 9th game saw the 17-year-old secure his place in the final, where he will play Musa Mohammed.
Mohammed outlasted Emmanuel Jebutu in a 2hour- 33minute thriller on Centre Court. The 17-year-old, now into his second straight final, dug deep to fend off a spirited display from Jebutu, before running out a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 winner.
Both players had traded breaks early in the opening set, before Mohammed carved out the all-important break in the 11th game for 6-5 and then consolidated with a hold to take the set. A break in the second game of the second set was enough for Jebutu, who held firm to take the set and force a decider.
The decisive service break came in the 10th game of the final set, and after Mohammed spurned his first match point at 5-4, he made no mistake with the second.
Mohammed was also took on doubles duty today, alongside his partner, Desmond Ayaaba of Ghana. The duo capped off a fine week of partnership with boys doubles title, following a 7-6(2), 2-6, 10-6 victory over Gabriel Friday and Assil Boussayri.
In the girls doubles final, Oyinlomo Quadre and Marylove Edwards defeated Jesutoyosi Adeusi and Omolayo Bamidele 6-0, 6-1 to clinch the title.