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ITF: Melissa makes winning debut for Nigeria

Posted: Apr 7, 2015 at 3:29 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Russian-born Melissa Ifidzhen began her debut for Nigeria on a winning note on Monday as she paired Elizabeth Garos-Pam to beat Algerian duo of Saadia Belhadj and Sihem Sahli in the girls doubles of the 38th ITF/CAT African Closed Junior Championship holding in Cairo, Egypt.

The 16-year-old, showed great composure and understanding with her London-based partner, Garos-Pam in the tournament featuring about 80 players from over 20 countries.

They dispatched their North African opponents 6-0, 6-3 in less than an hour in the first round tie.

However, both players recorded mixed fortunes in their match for glory in the singles as Garos-Pam lost to Mariam Mujawimana of Burundi 7-6 (6), 6-3, while Ifidzhen, due to her point haul on the ITF junior rankings was drawn bye to the second round.

Ifidzhen now faces a tough battle as she will play Lee Barnard of South Africa for a place in the third round. The seventh-seeded Barnard did not drop a sweat as she was also drawn bye.