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Sports News of Wednesday, 22 September 2021


I want to win WTAs, Grand Slams - Teenage tennis sensation, Nene Yakubu

Teenage tennis sensation, Nene Yakubu Teenage tennis sensation, Nene Yakubu

Teenage tennis sensation, Nene Yakubu says her goal is to become the next Serena Williams and go on to win WTA championships and Grand Slams.At age 13, Nene along with her sister Oiza are already making a name in Nigeria and Africa’s cadet tennis championships.

Nene recently won the SAPETRO Futures Tennis Championships (national U-16) category and was awarded the Most Outstanding Female Player of the tournament.

The Yakubu sisters over the years have endeared themselves in the minds of tennis lovers in the country with classy performances.Nene, a huge fan of legendary superstar Serena Williams is already taking no prisoners as her frightening skills have seen her scoop several laurels home and abroad.

Nene in March 2020 represented Nigeria at the African Junior Tennis Championships Team Event U-12 for West and Central Africa in Cotonou.

The 12-year-old captained her team at the competition; where she won a gold medal without dropping a set throughout the whole tournament, the feat also qualified her to represent West and Central Africa in Tunisia.

Nene won the 2020 CBN National Junior Tennis Tournament U-14 in Lagos for the fourth time after earlier winning the tournament — the U-10 twice and the U-12 in 2019.“Tennis is my life. I want to become the best in the world. My dream is to win the WTA and Grand Slams and I’m sure my sister wants to do the same,” 12-year-old Nene Yakubu told PUNCH Sports Extra.

According to their mother and mentor, Olajumoke Yakubu, the girls started playing tennis at a very tender age. Nene took up tennis at age seven while her elder sister was six when she began playing tennis.

“Our prayer is to see them become the biggest tennis players in the country and the world someday. Ours is to put them through and train them at the right age and I think they have an advantage having started playing at a young age.

“The girls themselves want to play to the level of the WTA and they want to win grand slams. Your position as a parent is to introduce the child but in the long run, it is the child that will decide their future. Their dream is to win grand slams.”Much is expected from Nene and sister Oiza and the Yakubu sisters are not relenting in their dreams of becoming world-beaters.