Oiza Yakubu and her sister, Nene, were in their elements but could not do enough to save their team at the just concluded competition organized by the US-based Virtual Tennis Academy.
Both players who are in the competition’s Group C starred for their teams at the tournament which was held in Lagos on Thursday and Friday, January 21 & 22.
Results made available to Nigeria Tennis Live showed the dominance of Nene on the first day of the competition.
Toyin Asogba( Team B) battled to defeat Blessing Otu (Team C) 7-5, 6-2 while Nene (Team C) salvaged a win for her team with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) win over national junior star, Rebecca Ekpenyoung.
Team A’s Jumai Muhammad crushed Peace Udoh, her opponent from Team B in a 6-1,6-4 game just as Mariam Balogun overcame a stubborn Team C opponent in Ozi-Oiza Yakubu with a 4-6, 7-6 (4),10-8 win, to continue the dominance of Team A.
In final Singles match of the first day, Theresa Otu (Team B) overpowered Olamide Aluko (Team C) with a 1-6, 6-4, 11-9 win
In the Doubles event, Nene partnered Otu to beat the Team A pair of Destiny Okhnaiye/Faith Ameh(Team A) 8-5 while Rebecca Ekpenyoung and Asogba of Team B got the better of Jumai Muhammed/Mariam Balogun (Team A) in a 8-6 game.
In the final game of the day, Oiza and Olamide were the better pair on the day, winning 8-4, against the duo of Peace Udoh /Theresa Otu.
On the second and final day of the tournament, the players were already familiar with each other, but the results were still interesting.
Destiny Okhinaye thrashed Blessing Otu 6-1, 6-3, Ohunene Yakubu outplayed Faith Ameh in a 6-4, 6-2 win while Jumai Muhammad vs Olamide Aluko ended 6-2, 6-2.
Ameh lost her second consecutive game of the second day as Asogba beat her 6-0, 6-3 just as Rebecca Ekpenyoung bested Destiny Okhinaye with a 6-0, 6-4 triumph.
Ozi-Oiza Yakubu shone brilliantly in her match against Peace Udoh with a seamless 6-2, 6-3 win while Theresa Otu was helpless in a 0-6, 0-6 loss to Mariam Ali Balogun.
In the Doubles, Jumai Muhammad and Mariam Ali Balogun ousted the pair of Ozi-Oiza Yakubu and Olamide Aluko in an 8-4 win just as Destiny Okhinaye paired Faith Ameh to thrash Peace Udoh and Theresa Otu 8-1.
In the final doubles tie, Rebecca Ekpenyoung and Toyin Asogba were made to work hard for their win against Ohunene Yakubu/ Blessing Otu. The match ended 8-6.
Having collated the results, Team A emerged as overall winner of the tournament, Team B runner up and Team C placed 3rd.