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ITF/CAT C’ship: Marylove May Bag ITF Scholarship After Eye-catching Performances In S/Africa

Nigerian tennis sensation, Marylove Edwards, is on course to bag a scholarship to improve her tennis at the ITF High Performance Centre in Morocco after some eye catching performances at the 2018 ITF/CAT 14 and Under Championship title in Pretoria, South Africa.

The US-based Nigerian starlet began her quest to exceed her quarterfinal performance at the kast edition with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Malika Ramasawmy of Mauritius.

Her compatriot, Usman Kushimo, could not boast of Edwards result as she bowed out 1-6, 3-6 to South Africa’s Devin Badenhorst in the first round.

Marylove may yet add to her chest of awards with scintillating performances in South Africa.

Edwards defeated her Mauritian opponent in a game that lasted less than an hour as the 12-year-old Nigerian starlet hits series of winners to subdue Ramasawmy with her ferocious play.

Although, Edwards, the 2017 Central Bank of Nigeria Open women singles finalist still has some years left at the IMG Tennis Academy in Brandenton, Florida courtesy of the Temple Management Company, her continuous success on the ITF Circuit may mean that she could bag a scholarship to the ITF High Performance Centre in Morocco.

A solid performance will also see her compete at the European Tour which will see her play in junior tournaments across Europe later in the year.

Coach Ubale Mohammed who took the team to the North African country, said: “Marylove has what it takes to win the title even though it’s going to be tough because some players that are equally good will be there especially the South Africans as well as the players from North Africa.

“She reached the quarterfinal last year and if you compare the standard of her game from that time to this year she has improved a lot.

“What she needs is total concentration and she will get the title.”

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