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RUSSIAN-BORN TENNIS STAR OPTS TO PLAY FOR NIGERIA






RUSSIAN-BORN TENNIS STAR OPTS TO PLAY FOR NIGERIA

The Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) has unveiled Russian-born Melissa Ifidzhen, who

is due to make her debut for Nigeria at the forth coming ITF/CAT African U18

Championship billed to hold in Cairo, Egypt from April 5 to 10.

According to NTF president, Sani Ndanusa, the 16-year old right bander who was born

of a Nigerian father and a Russian mother, started to play tennis at the age of

five. She was a member of the Russian National U-12 team and has won several tides,

including the European championship in 2010.

Some of her achievements so far in what is promising to be a glittering career,

include being a finalist at the Argayon Cup[ U-16 Belgium, while she was also the

champion in the singles and doubles of the Hitec Bouneweg junior open U-14.

A few months ago, she also reached the final in both the singles and doubles of the

Steinfort Tennis Europe Junior Open U-16 held in Luxemburg.

Also in 2014, she was a final 1st in single’s event of the Governor Cup U-16 Russia

where she bag gold in doubles event.

Ifdidzhen, who is anxious to make her debut for Nigeria, among other achievements,

was also a finalist at the Malta ITF U16 World Ranking Tournament and also reached

the semi final in the doubles of the Ozerov Cup held in Russia.

“Women tennis in Nigeria will undoubtedly develop to a great height because of the

influence of a global star prospect Melissa. Her profile is absolutely wonderful

because this is the type of profile that superstars like of Serena Williams and

Maria Sharapova posted as junior players and we can only hope that she gets to top

in the next few years, “Ndanusa stated.

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