The top two seeds in the girls singles will square off for the title in Sunday’s final.
Ivory Coast’s Blanche Minet, who’s seeded 2nd, halted Rebecca Ekpenyong’s impressive run, as she claimed a 6-0, 6-3 victory over the Nigerian to move into final, where she will play top seed, Marylove Edwards.
Ekpenyong, who hadn’t dropped a set en route to the semis, was bidding for a first ITF final, but couldn’t match the Ivorian’s intensity in the first set. Ekpenyong did well to raise her level in the second set, but Minet still proved too much, as she broke twice to secure the win.
In the other girls semifinal, Edwards defeated Iantsatiana Ratovondrahona 7-5, 6-3 to reach her first ITF final this year.
Both girls had traded breaks multiple times in the first set, but it was Edwards who found the all-important one in the 11th game for 6-5 before holding to close out the set. The Nigerian would take control of proceedings in the second set, opening a 3-0 lead before going on to seal victory.
In the boys singles, Musa Mohammed and Canice Abua, both of whom came in via the qualifiers, prevailed in their respective semifinal encounters to reach the final.
Mohammed defeated Gabriel Friday 7-6(5), 6-4. Friday, who stunned the top seed, Abayomi Philips, in Friday’s quarter-finals, had fought back from 0-3 down in the first set to level at 3-all before both boys guided the set into a tiebreaker. Mohammed took it. The 17-year-old would open a 3-1 lead in the second set and held firm to move within one match win of the title.
Elsewhere, Canice Abua beat Emmanuel Jebutu 6-3, 7-5. After losing the first set, Jebutu held for 5-2 in the second set and it looked as if he would run away with it. But Abua regained his feet to win the next five games and move into the final.
In the doubles final, Marylove Edwards and Blanche Minet capped off a week of partnership with the girls doubles title, following a superb 6-2, 6-3 victory over the duo of Serena Teluwo and Oiza Yakubu.
In the boys doubles final, Emmanuel Jebutu and Abayomi Philips prevailed, outclassing Assil Boussayri and Michael Osewa 6-4, 6-2.