Adekya Kaftkarren, who is the only non-Nigerian entrant in the ongoing SNEPCo Junior Tennis Championship, is through to the quarterfinals with an 8-5 victory over Ajayi Abayomi. 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 thrashed Garba Abdullahi 8-0 to stay on course for another possible encounter in the finals 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.
No.1 seed Timipre Maxwell defeated 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 five age categories – boys and girls 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under and 18 & under – is a project of the International Tennis Academy.
The championship continues Thursday 10am at the National Stadium in Lagos with quarterfinal matches in all categories.