The 12-year-old Edward sustained an injury to her left wrist towards the end of her enthralling 6-4, 6-4 semifinal win over Lorie Lemongo of Cameroun Monday evening and could not recover in time to face her compatriot, Oyinlomo Quadri in the final of the girls’ 14 and under category.
|MaryLove Edwards will play no further part in the tournament.|
The two Nigerians have been playing great tennis and tennis faithful who had come to witness what was expected to be an entertaining match at Stade Omnisports were left disappointed.
|Coach Ubale holds out MaryLove's hand after the injury.|
Team Nigeria fell short of target in the singles with most of its representatives succumbing in the semifinal and had hoped to revive their chances of topping the 11-nation tournament in the doubles as well as the team event but the loss of the double-forehand double-backhand player has reduced the chances of Nigeria bagging another regional title.
|The youngster fills a form after the confirmation of her injury.|
Nigeria has emerged overall winners at the annual tournament for the last five years.