Day 2 of action at the 14th edition of the CBN Junior Championship going on at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club produced some eye-catching results.
Starting with the boys Under-12 from Group A, top seed, Yohanna Yakubu followed up his first-round victory with another impressive 9-4 win over Isreal Adewusi. It was Adewusi’s first loss of the tournament. For Arwal Jaji, who lost his first match to Yakubu, he redeemed himself in the 9-7 defeat of David Edward.
From Group B, 2nd seed Seyi Ogunsakin didn’t have a comfortable time in his 9-7 victory over stubborn Victor Hemba. Hemba had also lost in the same fashion to Mohammed Jubril in the first round. Jubril however made it his second win of the group stage with a near-perfect 9-1 show over Hussein Ayoola.
The boys Under-16 Group B produced perhaps the match of the day as John Nubari had to rely on a game-breaker to overcome Precious Ikeuba 9-8 (10-7). It was Ikeuba’s first defeat in the group and he next faces high flying Mohammed Idris who dispatched Henry Aina 9-0 in the other group game.
Elsewhere, from Group A, top seed and 2019 Under-12 champion, Seun Ogunsakin beat Praise Ikeuba 9-4 while Lucky Danjuma recorded his second win of the tournament conquering Onyekachi Ogunjiofor 9-2.
The top-seeded player in the girls Under-14, Nene Yakubu continued her dominant display against Priscilla Terfa on Thursday winning 9-1 in Group A. It was not the same story in Group B as Favour Ameachi seeded 2nd was dispatched by Khadijat Mohammed 9-3. Also from group B, Fego Ayetuoma lost her second game of the tournament to high flying Amarachi Ezeh 9-1.
The other winner from the age category was Mary Azi that defeated Ndidi Osaji 9-2.
Meanwhile, there was more drama in the boys Under-16 Group A as number 1 seed Gabriel Inyang surprisingly lost to Moses Olamilekan 9-2. Olamilekan came into the match against Inyang the underdog but quickly made his first match loss to Ganiyu Mubarak a fluke.
However, 2nd seed, Joshua Maxwell was in his commanding best beating Filipo Trombi 9-2 in Group B. Trombi had earlier in the first match lost to David Ekpeyong who dispatched Silas Issac 9-1.
Elsewhere, in the girls Under-16 from Group A, top seed, Oiza Yakubu continued her fine start to the tournament winning 9-4 against Chidinma Ezeh while Salamtu Haruna produced a flawless display in a 9-0 victory over Toyin Adeniran to record her second win in the group.
For 2nd seed Mary Udoffa, she bounced back from her first-round loss beating Serena Teluwo 9-5. The match was the first of two matches Teluwo played on Thursday. She would later defeat Blessing Otu 9-5, who had earlier dispatched Destiny Okhinaye with the same scoreline.
The round-robin stage of the tournament will be concluded on Friday with the two best players from each group qualifying for the semifinals on Saturday. The final is on Sunday at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club.
FULL RESULTS OF DAY 2
BOYS 12 and Under.
Yohanna Yakubu beat Isreal Adewusi 9-4
Arwal Jaji beat David Edward 9-7
Seyi Ogunsakin beat Victor Hemba 9-7
Mohammed Jubril beat Hussein Ayoola 9-1
Boys 14 and Under
Seun Ogunsakin beat Praise Ikeuba 9-4
Lucky Danjuma beat Onyekachi Ogunjiofor 9-2
Mohammed Idris beat Henry Aina 9-0
John Nubari beat Precious Ikeuba 9-8(10-7)
Boys 16 and Under
Moses Olamilekan beat Gabriel Inyang 9-2
Ganiyu Mubarak beat Sanni Isiaku 9-0
Joshua Maxwell beat Filipo Trombi 9-2
David Ekpenyong beat Silas Isaac 9-1
Girls 14 and Under
Nene Yakubu beat Priscilla Terfa 9-1
Mary Azi beat Ndidi Osaji 9-2
Khadijat Mohammed beat Favour Amaechi 9-3
Amarachi Ezeh beat Fego Ayetuoma 9-1
Girls 16 and Under
Oiza Yakubu beat Chidinma Ezeh 9-4
Salamatu Haruna beat Toyin Adeniran 9-0
Mary Udoffa beat Serena Teluwo 9-5
Blessing Otu beat Destiny Okhinaye 9-5
Serena Teluwo beat Blessing Otu 9-5.