Nigerian starlet aspires to rule tennis world

Terver Dominic, Lagos

Marylove Edward making Nigerians proud in the world of Tennis

A Sports Analyst, Fred Edoreh has described Nigeria’s rising tennis sensation Marylove Edward as a champion in the making.

“Edwards is only in her teens but has shown she has the qualities to take the tennis world by storm,” Mr Edoreh who is the Chairman Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos chapter, said.

The rising tennis star is on the way to etching her name among world Tennis greats after emerging third at the 2016 International Tennis Federation junior category and 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, held in August 26 to 28 recorded participants of over 80 players from 25 countries.

With her performance in Morocco, Edoreh believes Edward will dominate the tennis world in her prime.

“If properly groomed, Edward has shown she has what it takes to go places. She is fearless on court, she will grow up to rule the tennis world just as American tennis star and world no one Serena William is doing right now,”
he explained.

The eleven year old Nigerian started playing tennis at age four under the guidance of her father, Eddy Edwards and was coached by Nigeria junior tennis head coach, Mohammed Ubale.

Before her trip to Morocco, Edward won the 2015 Under 14 Nigeria Junior Tennis Championship and the National Junior Tennis Masters.

She also won the 2016 under 14 International Tennis Federation West and Central Africa Junior Championships held in Abuja, Nigeria.

Mercy Chukwudiebere