11-year-old Nigerian Girl Emerges Female African Tennis Star (Photos)

Marylove Edwards, an 11-year-old Nigerian girl based in Lagos has emerged number three female African Tennis star beating a Kenyan opponent to it.

Marylove is on the way to etching her name among world Tennis greats after emerging third at the 2016 ITF/CAT 12 & Under Talent Identification Programme in Morocco.

She beat her Kenyan opponent 6-1, 6-1 in the third-place match after losing 7-5, 6-7, 4-6 to her Moroccan opponent in the semi-final.

The tennis competition which held between August 26 to 28 recorded participants of over 80 players from 25 countries.

Marylove was born on March 18, 2005 and started playing tennis at the age of four under the tutelage of her father, Mr Eddy Edwards and was coached by Nigeria junior tennis head coach, Mohammed Ubale.

Before her trip to Morocco, the Edo State-born champion U-14 CBN Junior Tennis Championship, last year and the NNPC Junior Tennis Masters.

Alongside Barakat Quadri, Edwards saw off Anna Lumengo and Manuella Eloundou of Camero0n 6-3, 6-4 to win the 2016 ITF/CAT West and Central Africa Junior Championships holding in Abuja U-14 girls category.

Marylove’s ultimate dream is to win a grand slam, someday.


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