by Ian Marshall, Editor
Proceedings organized on a group all-play-basis the crucial contest was in opposition to Nigeria; an imposing 3-0 win was the end result.
Nandeshwaree Jalim gave her team the perfect start by beating Vivia Oku (11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6) before Diya Parag Chitale overcame Rofiat Jimah (11-8, 11-1, 11-5) to put the champions elect in a commanding position. Matters concluded with a doubles success against Vivian Oku and Iyanu Oluwa Falana to seal the title (11-3, 11-8, 11-5). It was for the Nigerians their only defeat; they finished in second position ahead of Ghana’s Augustina Baidoo and Matilda Fodu.
Success for Diya Parag Chitale, there was also success for her colleague Ananya Chande; she partnered England’s Ruby Chan to gold in the cadet girls’ team event.
After recording a 3-0 penultimate round win against Congo Democratic’s Lily Dinanga and Julie Kayembe; they secured the title at the final expense of Nigeria’s Sukurat Aiyelbegan and Sadiat Alimat Akeem, the 3-1 victory margin being the result.
Sukurat Aiyelbegan gave Nigerians the ideal start by beating Ananya Chande (11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7) but that was to be the sum total of her team’s success. Ruby Chan accounted for both Sadiat Alimat Akeem (11-7, 10-12, 13-15, 11-6, 11-4) and Sukurat Aiyelbegan (13-11, 11-5, 11-9), whilst sandwiched in between joining forces with Ananya Chande to secure the doubles (9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8).
Earlier at the semi-final stage, Sukurat Aiyelbegan and Sadiat Alimat Akeem had recorded a 3-0 win in opposition to Ghana’s Judith Acheampong and Diana Ekua Opoku.
The junior girls’ team and cadet girls’ team events concluded, attention now turns to the individual competitions.