16-year-old Omolade Aderemi achieved what she called “the win of my life” after dismantling top seed Rebecca Ekpeyong in the Girls 16s quarterfinals.
Akwa Ibom’s Ekpeyong, who came into the tournament as ‘the girl to beat’ having won the all Nigeria Secondary Schools Championship in Ilorin late last year, was given no breathing space as the beanpole Aderemi tore into her.
Aderemi combined her flawless serving with coruscating forehands to power her way to a 6-1 win in the one set match. Aderemi will now meet Ibadan-native Kasara Adegboyega, who won a close match against Timipre Maxwell from Port Harcourt 7-6, for a place in the finals.
In the Boys 14 event, the top two seeds are on course to meet in the finals. Ekiti state’s Daniel Adeleye, who’s the No. 1 seed, whitewashed John Peter from Rivers 6-0, while second seeded David Ekpeyong from Akwa Ibom made light work of Samofe Ramon from Lagos, winning 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals.
There were plenty of sizzling actions as the age category of 10 and 12 drew attention with their brilliant performances.
Lagos-based Serena Teluwo (12), who was asked to step up to the 14s, justified the confidence the organisers had in her game by beating an older and more exposed opponent, Esther Marshall, 6-2. Chidinma Ezeh from Onitsha also stepped up from the 12s and outlasted Peace Obabori from Lagos, claiming a 6-4 victory.
The championship which is being run by the International Tennis Academy is taking place at the National Stadium, Surulere until Friday April 6.
The grand finale will take place at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan on Saturday April 7, starting at 12pm Nigerian time.