Junior Players Face Tough Task



National junior players, Serena Teluwo and Reya Holmes, will have their hands full when hostilities commence at the ongoing 1st Rainoil Tennis Open holding at the Lagos Country Club, Ikeja.

Teluwo debuted for Nigeria at junior level in April playing a big role alongside Iye Onoja and Oiza Yakubu in securing qualification to the African Junior Championship in Morocco in September where Nigeria posted a decent outing.

Holmes on the other hand could not make the team as she suffered an injury to her foot while preparing in London few days to the tournament held in Lagos.
Now competing at a much bigger stage, 11-year-old Teluwo will come against Rose Onoja in her first round match.

Holmes, who is also 11 is one of the wild card entrants, will be up against Deborah Gbadamosi while Olamide Aluko, another wild card player will face Omolayo Bamidele.
“I have trained hard in the last few months and I’m ready to do well in the tournament,” Holmes said adding her target is to reach the third round. Her older sibling, Lolade will have a face-off with Blessing Anuna.

Sunday’s draw will also see prime seed, Sarah Adegoke battling Ramota Odeyemi, a qualifier while Aminat Quadri will face Angel McLeod.
The 2017 Dala Hard Court queen, Blessing Samuel faces Osareimen Airhunwunde while Oiza Yakubu, who scaled two qualifying tests, confronts Bukola Olowu.

Men’s singles top seed, Abdulmumuni Babalola is expected to have an easy passage to the next round as he opened his campaign against qualifier Osuebi Bishop while wild card beneficiary Isaac Attah keeps a date with Clifford Enosoregbe.

Rainoil-sponsored Sylvester Emmanuel looks sure bet to scale the first round hurdle when he exchange shots with Musa Bala, a qualifier just as Thomas Otu is favoured to advance at the expense of another qualifier, Ismaila Sikiru. Martins Abamu will be up against Chima Michael just as Michael Iloputa will look to upset Ikechukwu Iloputa.