Ekpenyong, Dawariye book second round spots at Abuja J5 ITF circuit

Marylove Edward

The last batch of matches in the first round of the Nigeria Tennis Federation International Junior Championship tagged Abuja J5 ITF Circuit was concluded Wednesday with David Ekpenyong and David Dawariye of Nigeria moving to the second round.

The 14-year-old Ekpenyong, bidding for a first ITF Junior title, produced a solid performance to beat Abdulraheem Isa 6-3, 6-3 and set up a second round meeting with Musa Sani, who defeated Rubi Toba 6-4, 6-3.

Dawariye, who is also aiming for a maiden ITF Tour title, sped past Azeez Similoluwa 6-2, 6-1. Dawariye will have Emmanuel Jebutu, the tournament’s 3rd seed, to contend with in the second round.

Elsewhere, Elisha Olowogbile put together a good display to wear down Bulus Bulus, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, while lucky loser, Uche Emeruwa recovered from a slow start to beat Ghana’s Ivan Wularu 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

US-based top seed, Marylove Edward, would be in action today as she confronts Joy Samuel for a place in the quarterfinals.

In other matches, Bouhoutou Minet of Cote d’Ivoire the second seed will take on Omolayo Bamidele while third seed Naa McKorley of Ghana battles home-girl Toyin Asogba.

The likes of Oyinkansolami Durowoju, an Austrian of Nigerian descent will square off with Rebecca Ekpeyong.

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