After two weeks of intense tennis action, hostilities at the NTF International Junior Championships in Abuja concluded on Sunday, with the 2nd leg boys and girls singles final.
Here are those who claimed top honours:
In the first leg, 14-year-old Canice Abua, having worked his way beautifully through the boys draw, defeated Musa Mohammed 7-6(2), 6-3 in the final to claim the boys singles title.
In the girls field, Marylove Edwards, the tournament’s top seed, who’s also aged 14, overcame Ivory Coast’s Blanche Minet in three sets, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, to secure the first leg girls singles title.
For both Edwards and Abua, it was the first ITF Junior title of their fledgling careers.
Edwards also performed excellently in the girls doubles event, combining effectively with Blanche Minet, whom she beat in the singles final, to claim the girls doubles title.
Edwards and Minet defeated the Nigerian pair of Serena Teluwo and Oiza Yakubu 6-2, 6-3.
In the boys doubles, Abayomi Philips and Emmanuel Jebutu beat the Nigerian-Moroccan duo of Michael Osewa and Assil Boussayri 6-4, 6-2 in the final to emerge victorious.
In the second leg, Musa Mohammed brushed aside the disappointment of his first leg final loss to beat Abayomi Philips in three sets, winning 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2 to claim the boys singles title – his first title on the ITF Junior Circuit.
In the girls field, Oyinlomo Quadre, who didn’t compete in the first leg, powered through to the second leg final, where she defeated Marylove Edwards 6-1, 6-0 to emerge winner. It was the 16-year-old’s 3rd ITF Junior title of the 2019 season.
Quadre and Edwards had combined brilliantly to secure the girls doubles title a day before, beating Omolayo Bamidele and Jesutoyosi Adeusi 6-0, 6-1 in the final.
In the boys doubles, Musa Mohammed achieved great success, in partnership with Desmond Ayaaba. The duo defeated Assil Boussayari and Gabriel Friday 7-6(2), 2-6, 10-6 to clinch the title.