COMRADES AT WAR: Ogunshakin Battles Mubarak As Bright Ambushes Fierce Ndidi
Nigeria is assured of a place in the final of the Boys 16 and Girls 14 of the ongoing African Junior Tennis Championship in Togo.
Nigeria Tennis Live gathered that Seun Ogunshakin, the number one seed, will battle fiercest rival and friend, Mubarak Ganiyu for a place in the final of the Boys 16.
In the same vein, astute and power playing Ndidi Osaji will have to be at her very best when she takes on Nigerian compatriot, Bright Emmanuel, to stand a chance of a podium place finish.
The Nigerians, blazing from impressive wins on Sunday, will seek to outshine one another in the match up on Monday morning which has to produce a winner.
Ogunshakin had a field day against Saheed Boateng from Ghana, winning 6-3, 6-3 to set up the mouthwatering semis clash against Mubarak who also saw off Yves Segui Kouadja, his Ivory Coast opponent in two straight sets of 6-3, 6-4.
Ndidi was a tough nut to crack for Ghana’s number one junior, Joy Oriaku, in their mouthwatering quarterfinal clash on Sunday evening.
The Nigerian starlet went neck to neck against her Ghanaian opponent all evening and saved a set point before seeing her off in two hard-earned sets.
Ndidi won 7-6, 6-1 to push for a podium place finish against Bright who was also brutal in her match to earn a place in the semis of the competition.
Yahaya Sani cramped against Pakome Kakpo from Benin Republic, even though he was trailing 3-6 against his opponent. Etoro Bassey also suffered the same fate, as she lost despite leading a set to love and 2-0 up in the second set.
David Edwards was also on the losing side on Sunday, but will seek to play for rankings on Monday, 9 January.
Khadijat Mohammed is the other Nigerian in the semis of the ongoing competition as Nigeria plans a clean swoop of the Girls 14 event.
Nigeria Tennis Live will keep our readers posted with every detail coming in from Togo as the tournament winds down.