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Kaftkarren Shines In SNEPCo Tennis

Written By: SD Reporter

The only foreigner playing in the SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championship in Lagos Adekya Kaftkarren on Wednesday defeated Ajayi Abayomi 8-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The 16-year-old Indian will now play the fifth seed Ezekiel Ekong, who beat Lukman Abdul-Malik 8-3 to qualify.

In other Boys 18 quarterfinal matches, No. 2 seed Augustine Stephen humiliated Garba Abdullahi 8-0 to stay on course for another possible encounter in the final against top seed Michael Osewa, who is also through.

The top two seeds in the Girls 14 were merciless against their round of 16 opponents, as the championship continues this Thursday at Lagos National Stadium, with quarterfinal matches set to hold in all categories.

No.1 seed Timipre Maxwell whitewashed Mandy Enoffiong 8-0, a score matched by second seed Rebecca Ekpeyong, who also eliminated Ajiri Imoniefano 8-0.

There was a minor upset in the girls 10 round robin where Reya Holmes beat Mary Benjamin, runner-up in the category at the CBN Junior Championships two weeks ago, 8-4. Another young talent Serena Teluwo also advanced with a convincing 8-1 win against Blessing Akpan.

The tournament, which is featuring 158 players in the boys and girls 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 categories, is a project of International Tennis Academy (ITA).

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