Giant Killer! Junior Tennis Player, Marylove Edwards Shocks Favourites To reach CBN Senior Finals
The 12-year-old Nigerian Tennis sensation, Marylove Edwards, has created history today by becoming the youngest ever player to appear in the final of the Central Bank of Nigeria Senior Tennis Championship.
The junior player, who came into the tournament as a wildcard, has set up an epic final scheduled to hold on Saturday June 3 at 10am against Nigeria No.2, Sarah Adegoke at the Centre Court of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Refreshed from a one-week training at the IMG Tennis Academy, Florida, Marylove over-powered tournament No. 3 seed, Blessing Samuel, in a gruelling encounter today, Friday, June 2nd which ended 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 and lasted 2 hours, 50 minutes.
Speaking after her latest triumph, Marylove said: “I gave this match my best and I commend my senior opponent for putting up a great fight. I have learnt a lot from my recent trip to the IMG Academy in Florida and I hope to continue my winning streak in the final match tomorrow.”
MaryLove had earlier won the CBN Junior Tennis Championship in March this year. If she wins the final on Saturday it would represent an unprecedented double.
On her way to the final of the senior chamiponships, she defeated 7th seed, Ronke Akingbade 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the round of 16 matches and Deborah Gbadamosi 6-1, 6-0 in the quarter finals on Thursday.
Her one week training at the IMG, which has been an eye-opener, was made possible by her professional handlers, The Temple Management Company, and sponsored by the TY Danjuma Family Office, UK.
While in Florida, veteran tennis coach and IMG founder, Nick Bolletieridescribed the Nigerian Under 14 Tennis Champion as a ‘Super Athlete.’ The 85-year-old has trained 10 tennis world No. 1s including the William sisters Andre Agassi, Monica Seles and others.
During a session Bolletieri singled out Marylove for her unique double-handed style. In his words, Marylove is “very different, a super athlete. Very handy. Only a few can get away with that style."
She was accompanied to Florida by her mother, Mrs. Omolade Edwards and Mr. Koye Sowemimo Head of Sports, Temple Management Company.