The 11th edition of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Junior Tennis Championships ended at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Court, Onikan on Saturdaywith Michael Osewa emerging champion in the boy's 18 under.
Victory however did not come that easy for Osewa, a runners up at the last year's Africa under-16 championship as he had to dig in deep to defeat Augustine Stephen by 8 sets to 7 in the final.
The centre of attraction was in the girl's 16 under final played on centre court in the presence of an appreciable crowd and as expected, MaryLove Edwards continued to show that her future in the game remains very bright as she demolished Toyin Asogba by 8 sets to one to win the title.
Commenting on the championship, the Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, who was represented at the event by the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, Isaac Okoroafor, was impressed with the quality of skills and talents on display at the championship designed for the discovery of abundant young talents at the grassroots.
He promised that the apex bank will not relent in its commitment to the growth of the game in the country.
"Let me say that we're proud of what we're seeing of the CBN Junior Tennis Championship, we're impressed with the performances of these players and we'll continue to support the game in the country because the championship has proven to be the future of the sport in the country," he said.
In the other categories, Happy Agbi outscored Oluwaseun Ogunsakin by 8-2 to win the U-10 boys title while the girls' title went to Nene Yakubu whobeat Mary Benjamin 8-3 in the final, just as Daniel Adeleye outplayed David Ekpeyong 8-3 to win the boys U-12 final.