Favour Moses, who previously won the NNPC Kaduna Championship, lived up to her billing at the ongoing SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championships at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club by defeating third seed Omolade Aderemi 8-5 in the Girls 16 to qualify for the semifinals.
Moses, who won the CBN Open Junior Championships’ Most Outstanding Player award two weeks ago, faces an uphill task to beat second seed Angel Mcleod, who defeated Jumai Mohammed 8-1.
The player said, “I am very happy I won this match because after I won the award at the CBN tournament, I worked harder not to disappoint myself. Also, because Mr. Musa (Ahmadu-Kida) told me that he was going to start sponsoring me and helping me become a great player. So I have to train hard.”
The other semifinal will be between top seed Marylove Edwards and Toyin Asogba. Edwards beat Peace Bagbenro 8-0 while Asogba defeated Omolayo Bamidele 8-6.
In the Boys 18, Ezekiel Ekong did credit to the ITA Junior Circuit programme when he eliminated Adekya Kaftkarren, the lone foreign entry from India, 8-2. Ekong will meet first seed Michael Osewa, who also beat Benjamin Otube 8-2 in the quarterfinals.
Port Harcourt-based Kodian Tennis Foundation, which produced the finalists in the Girls 14s two weeks ago, is dominating the event again with three of their players in the semifinals.
First seed Timipre Maxwell will meet teammate Ngowari Jim-Jaja in one semifinal while second seed Rebecca Ekpeyong from the foundation will take on Hamidat Abdulrazak in the other.
The week-long tournament is featuring singles competitions in five age categories – boys and girls 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under and 18 & under.
*This news story is culled from Punchng.com
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