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Nigeria’s Ohunene Yakubu wins U-16 tennis singles, doubles in Togo

Nigeria’s Ohunene Yakubu wins U-16 tennis singles, doubles in Togo

Ohunene Comfort Yakubu, a 14-year-old girl, has become the first Nigerian to win the singles and doubles in the Under 16 category at the African Junior Tennis Championship in Togo.

Yakubu made history in the girls’ U-16 event when she won in the singles final against Gnarou Anne-Marie Togolese 6-0, 6-0. She and her partner, Etoro Bassey also won the doubles final against Ghanaian Tomegah Sisu-Makena and Tracy Ampah 6-1, 6-2.

She had to fight to the end before making it to the final. She played a four-hour-long final set match against a very resilient Tracy Ampah, the tournament’s number two seed, before triumphing with a 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 win to meet Gnarou.

Yakubu is consistently paving her journey to legacy and becoming a household name within the tennis community globally and within the coming years.

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In 2015, Yakubu emerged winner of the MLMTP Tennis Open U-8. A feat she built on when she won the Junior Governors Cup U-10 and CBN Junior National Tennis Open tournament U-10 category in 2017.

In 2018, she won the CBN Junior National Tennis Open U-10. Yakubu also dominated the 7UP Secondary School Tennis Championship U-12, the U-12 FAAN Tennis Club tournament, the Kone Tennis Tournament U-12 girls’ doubles, and the U-10 MP Tiger Tennis tournament.

Yakubu did not rest on her laurels, in 2019 she emerged winner of the Chief Bero U-14 Championship. The athlete later bagged the Chevron U-12 National Junior Masters Invitational tournament. She added the Chevron U-12 Tennis tournament to her growing impressive wins.

In 2020, Yakubu won CBN Junior National Tennis Tournament U-14 and the Azimuth National Tennis Championship U-14. She was the gold medalist, a team event, U-12 African Junior Championship, West and Central zone, in Benin Republic.

Yakubu was the Abuja runner-up on June 1 and 2 weeks, Sapetro Futures Tournament U-16.