The Kaduna Clay Court National Junior Tennis Championship which started on Monday, 23rd November, 2020, has entered it’s final stage.
As this is the first time the tournament is holding in over a decade, there are no defending champions. However, of the over 100 players registered for various categories in the tournament, a selected few are seeded, based on their performances in other junior tournaments this year. So, who and who will be facing each other in today’s final?
In the Boys 14 and Under category, it’s going to be two FCT boys contesting for the title. Mohammed Idris, third seed, will be playing against Ezekiel Azi, who took out fourth seed, Elisha Kwange in the Quarter-finals.
Last month, when Mohammed Idris defeated Lucky Danjuma in the semifinals of the CBN Junior Tennis Championship Boys 14, Idris went on to finish as runner-up to Seun Ogunsakin, but can Idris get lucky this time around considering that he defeated Lucky Danjuma in the semifinals?
In the Boys 16, however, two youngsters, one from Kaduna and the other from FCT, who have displayed impressive performances since the tournament began, will have a face off to determine who goes home with the title.
Suleiman Ibrahim, second seed, who is representing Kaduna, has accounted for the defeat of FCT players in the two previous rounds, but can Ibrahim do it again when he faces Top seed, FCT’s Canice Abua, a Gold Medalist at the 2019 Youth Games?
Salamatu Haruna, third seed in the Girls 14 and under category, will face second seed, Faith Adeusi in the finals, on Saturday. Haruna is from FCT, while Adeusi is from Ekiti.
Both players have kept it solid from the beginning up until now, with Salamatu knocking out Adeusi’s teammate, Success Ogunjobi, in the quarterfinals. Faith will be hoping to avenge the defeat and secure a winner’s trophy for her state.
In the Girls 16 too, the first and second seed will be meeting each other for a face-off in the Saturday finals. Akwa Ibom’s Mary Udofa (top seed), hadn’t dropped a set all week, while Esther Azi has also put a good fight throughout the week. Esther Azi is from Ekiti.In the Girls 16 and Under, the Top two seeds will be playing each other to determine who goes home with the title.
Top Seed, Mary Udoffa, Akwa-Ibom’s lone representative at the tournament, will need to be at her best when she plays against hard-hitting Esther Azi from FCT. Although Udoffa easily defeated Azi at the third round of the 2019 National Youth Games, but will Mary crack her once again? Or will Esther get one over her opponent?
Action Begins at 11:00am on Saturday at the Kaduna Club.
BOYS 14 and UNDER
Ezekiel Azi(FCT) vs Mohammed Idris(FCT)
BOYS 16 and UNDER
Canice Abua(FCT) vs Suleiman Ibrahim(Kaduna)
GIRLS 14 and UNDER
Salamatu Haruna(FCT) vs Faith Adeusi(Ekiti)
GIRLS 16 and UNDER
Mary Udofa(Akwa-Ibom) vs Esther Azi(FCT)