The Zenith Bank “NextGen” Tennis Masters concluded its round robin group stage matches on Thursday with scintillating displays from the youngsters.
Group A produced really tight results. Philip Abayomi sensationally beat Michael Osewa 9-7. Osewa had raced into a 5-1 lead early on, but Abayomi kick started an epic comeback that saw him overturn the deficit to stun Osewa.
Osewa, again, narrowly lost 8-9 to Tochukwu Ezeh, while Philip Abayomi edged Gabriel Friday 9-8.Tochukwu Ezeh then had a walkover as a result of Gabriel Friday’s withdrawal due to injury.
The results mean Philip Abayomi finishes atop the group with 3 wins, while Tochukwu Ezeh comes in at second with 2 wins.
In Group B, Stephen Augustine got the better of Michael Ayoola with a 9-4 victory. Ayoola then fought off a stiff challenge from Emmanuel Jebutu, digging deep to claim a 9-8 win.
Godsgift Timibra beat Stephen Augustine 9-6, and also condemned Emmanuel Jebutu to another defeat as he won 9-3.
Both Godsgift Timibra and Michael Ayoola finished with 2 wins each but a superior games difference saw Timibra top the group. Timibra had a win-loss games differential of 24-16, while Ayoola’s was 22-23.
The semifinals will see Philip Abayomi, winner of Group A, pitted against Michael Ayoola, who finished second in Group B. Timibra, who finished first in Group B, will square off against Group A second-placed Tochukwu Ezeh for a place in the finals.
In the Girls’ category, Oyinlomo Quadri was at it again as she trounced Toyin Asogba 9-1. Quadri romped to another 9-1 victory over Omolayo Bamidele to finish top of Group A.
Toyin Asogba finished second after a 9-3 victory over Mariam Balogun and a 9-6 win against Omolayo Bamidele, who then eased past Mariam Balogun 9-2.
In Group B, Favour sealed top spot with a 9-3 victory over Kasarat Adegboyega and 9-6 win against Rebecca Ekpeyong. Ekpeyong however, finished second after narrowly edging Omolade Aderemi 9-8. Aderemi went on to dismantle Kasarat Adegboyega 9-1.
In the semifinals of the girls category, Rebecca Ekpeyong will have a mountain to surmount in Oyinlomo Quadri, while Toyin Asogba will be seeking to get her revenge against Favour Moses.
The Kaduna-based Moses had beaten Toyin Asogba en route to the CBN Junior title earlier in April. Should Favour Moses make it two victories in a row against Asogba, then she’ll meet Oyinlomo Quadri in the final provided Quadri gets past Rebecca Ekpeyong.